Lagenorhynchus cruciger   (Quoy & Gaimard,  1824) (Dolphin)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Mammalia

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Size: 1.57 m in length in females, 1.75 m in males.

Weight: 74-94 kgs

Color: Black in color with 2 white patches. The first patch begins behind their beak, extends over their eyes, widens to the hourglass shape, then tapers at their dorsal fins; the second patch begins mid-flank at their dorsal fins, widens toward their posterior (rear) end, and tapers at their tail; ventral surface is white.

They have conical teeth, 26-34 teeth in their upper jaws and 27-35 teeth in their lower jaws.

Synonym (s)
Delphinus albigena Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
Delphinus bivittatus Lesson & Garnot, 1826
Delphinus cruciger d'Orbigny & Gervais, 1847
Delphinus cruciger Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
Electra clancula Gray, 1868
Electra cruciger Gray, 1870
Lagenorhynchus latifrons True, 1889
Lagenorhynchus supercillosus Trouessart, 1904
Lagenorhynchus wilsoni Lille, 1915
Phocaena crucigera Philippi, 1893
Phocaena d'orbignyi Philippi, 1893

Common Name (s)
• Hourglass Dolphin (English)
• Sea Skunk (English)
• Springer (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

IUCN Status:  Least Concern



Literature Source(s)
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • MarineBio Available at -

Page last updated on:2013-01-10

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