Lagenorhynchus obscurus   (Gray,  1828) (Dolphin)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Mammalia

Image coptrights: NOAA NMFS SWFSC PRD

Size: 2 m in length

Weight: 100 kg or less.

Color: Dark blue-black in color on their tails and dorsal sides. They also have a dark band running diagonally across their flanks from their dorsal fins to their tailstocks. They also have 2 white streaks that run diagonally from their tails to the base of their dorsal fins. Their ventral sides are light gray to white in color which extends up their flanks a bit.

They are extremely agile swimmers and are known for their acrobatics; form schools of varying sizes with a range of 2-500 individuals.

Synonym (s)
Clymenia obscura Gray, 1868
Delphinus (Tursio) obscurus Burmeister, 1867
Delphinus breviceps Wagner, 1846
Delphinus fitzroyi Waterhouse, 1838
Delphinus obscurus Gray, 1828
Delphinus superciliosus Lesson & Garnot, 1826
Electra breviceps Gray, 1868
Lagenorhynchus breviceps Gray, 1866
Lagenorhynchus clanculus Gray, 1846
Lagenorhynchus fitzroy Bini, 1951
Lagenorhynchus fitzroyi Flower, 1885
Lissodelphis panope Trouessart, 1904
Phocaena fitzroyi Philippi, 1893
Prodelphinus obscurus Flower, 1885
Prodelphinus petersii Lutken, 1889
Tursio obscurus Gray, 1866
Tursio panope Perez Canto, 1896

Common Name (s)
• Dusky Dolphin (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal
IUCN Status:  Data Deficient



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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