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Cephalorhynchus commersonii (Commerson's Dolphin; piebald dolphin)

Synonyms: Cephalorhynchus commersoni; Delphinus commersonii; Lagenorhynchus floweri

Wikipedia Abstract

Commerson's dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii), also referred to by the common names skunk dolphin, piebald dolphin or panda dolphin, is a small oceanic dolphin of the genus Cephalorhynchus. Commerson's dolphin has two geographically-isolated but locally-common subspecies. The principal subspecies, C.c.commersonii, has sharply-delineated black-and-white patterning and is found around the tip of South America. The secondary subspecies, C.c.kerguelenensis, is larger than C.c.commersonii, has a less-sharply delineated dark and light grey patterning with a white ventral band, and is found around the Kerguelen Islands in the Indian Ocean.
View Wikipedia Record: Cephalorhynchus commersonii

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Not determined do to incomplete vulnerability data.
ED Score: 7.19


Gestation [2]  11 months 20 days
Litter Size [2]  1
Maximum Longevity [4]  26 years
Snout to Vent Length [4]  5.904 feet (180 cm)
Water Biome [1]  Coastal
Adult Weight [2]  110.232 lbs (50.00 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  14.551 lbs (6.60 kg)
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Fish [3]  80 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  20 %
Forages - Marine [3]  100 %
Female Maturity [2]  5 years 6 months
Male Maturity [2]  5 years 6 months

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Tierra Del Fuego National Park II 172861 Argentina

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Parasitized by 
Anisakis simplex[7]
Braunina cordiformis[7]
Pholeter gastrophilus[7]
Strobilocephalus triangularis[7]
Synthesium delamurei[7]

Range Map


East Pacific; Western Atlantic Ocean;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
5CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database
6Hector’s dolphin diet: The species, sizes and relative importance of prey eaten by Cephalorhynchus hectori, investigated using stomach content analysis, ELANOR MILLER, CHRIS LALAS, STEVE DAWSON, HILTRUN RATZ, ELISABETH SLOOTEN, Marine Mammal Science 2012
7Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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