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Mammalia > Artiodactyla > Delphinidae > Sousa

Sousa plumbea Gray, 1866 – Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin

Taxonomic Notes:

This species is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

This species has wide distribution from Southern Africa to western part of Indian subcontinent. It prefers all coastal areas and habitats with lesser than 20m water depth. It is a social, group-living species with variable group sizes that depend on season and habitat.

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

According to IUCN Red List assessment, population of this species is decreasing all over its range. Although there are no accurate estimates of its population, it is roughly estimated to be between 150 and 500 individuals. Threat to its survival comes from habitat loss, water and noise pollution and trapping in fishing nets.

Mammalia > Artiodactyla > Delphinidae > Sousa

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bayani, A. 2020. Sousa plumbea Gray, 1866 – Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin. Ramachandran, V., R. Chakravarty, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (editors). Mammals of India, v. 1.13. editors.
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