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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLagenorhynchus albirostris (Gray, 1846) 
AphiaID: 137101

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorChordata (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorVertebrata (Subphylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorGnathostomata (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTetrapoda (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMammalia (Class) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTheria (Subclass) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCetartiodactyla (Order) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCetancodonta (Suborder) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCetacea (Infraorder) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOdontoceti (Superfamily) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDelphinidae (Family) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLagenorhynchus (Genus)
Status accepted
Rank Species
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLagenorhynchus Gray, 1846
Synonymised
names
  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDelphinus albirostris Gray, 1846 (basionym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDelphinus ibseni Eschricht, 1846 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDelphinus pseudotursio Reichenbach, 1846 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDelphinus tursio Brightwell, 1846 (synonym)
Sources  original description Gray J.E. (1846). Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 17:21, pl. 1. [details]

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Vernacular
Names
 
Language   Name 
Czech Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorplískavice bělonosá  [details]
Danish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorhvidnæse  [details]
Dutch Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorwitsnuitdolfijnChecked: verified by a taxonomic editordolfijn met witten snuit  [details]
English Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorwhite-nosed dolphinChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorwhite-beaked dolphinChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorwhite-beaked bottlenose  [details]
French Checked: verified by a taxonomic editordauphin à rostre blancUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editordauphin à bec blanc  [details]
German Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorweißschnauziger SpringerUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorweißschnauziger DelfinUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorWeißschnauzendelfinChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorweisschnauziger SpringerChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorweisschnauziger delphin  [details]
Icelandic Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorhofrungurChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorhnydingur  [details]
Italian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorlagenorinco rostrobianco  [details]
Kalaallisut Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorniza  [details]
Lithuanian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorbaltasnukis delfinas  [details]
Modern Greek (1453-) Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorΛευκόρυγχος λαγηνόρυγχος  [details]
Norwegian Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorhvitsnutet springerChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorhvidsnudet delfinChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorhvidnaese  [details]
Norwegian Bokmål Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorkvitnos  [details]
Norwegian Nynorsk Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorkvitnos  [details]
Polish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editordelfin białonosy  [details]
Russian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorдельфин беломордыйChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorbelorylyi delfinChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorbelonosyi delfin  [details]
Slovenian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorelokljuni pisani delfinUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorbelokljuni pisani delfin  [details]
Spanish Checked: verified by a taxonomic editordelfín de hocico blanco  [details]
Swedish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorvitnos  [details]
Turkish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorak burunlu yunus  [details]
Ukrainian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorДельфін біломордий  [details]
Welsh Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editordolffin pigwyn  [details]
Environment marine
Distribution 
From editor or global species database
Mediterranean Sea
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMediterranean Sea (inaccurate[details]
From other sources
Baltic Sea
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorBaltic sea [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorPolish Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Belgium
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorOostende [details]
Denmark
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorFaeroes [details]
France
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorWimereux (doubtful[details]
Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGulf of St. Lawrence [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSt. Lawrence Estuary [details]
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorHebrides [details]
Kattegat
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorKattegat [details]
Mediterranean Sea
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorWest Mediterranean [details]
North Atlantic Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorEuropean waters (ERMS scope) [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGulf of Maine [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNorth West Atlantic [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNorthern North Atlantic [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorPortuguese Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorShetlands [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSpanish Exclusive Economic Zone [Atlantic part] [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorUnited Kingdom Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
North Sea
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorBelgian Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDutch Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNorth Sea [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSouthern Bight [details]
Skagerrak
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSkagerrak [details]
United Kingdom
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorBritish Isles [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorOrkney [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorScotland [details]
(no group)
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorFrench Exclusive Economic Zone [Atlantic part] [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGreenlandic Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorIcelandic Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNorwegian Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSpanish Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMarine Life Information Network - UK 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Barcode of Life (3 barcodes) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Biodiversity Heritage Library (200 publications) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Encyclopedia of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo GenBank (80 nucleotides; 67 proteins) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo IUCN Red List 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Marine Species Identification Portal 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo PESI 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo ITIS
Notes 
From editor or global species database
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBiology White-beaked dolphins feed on living, benthic, shallow water fish. Their food varies according to the region and probably depends on the local availability. The stomach content of those washed ashore at the Belgian coast consisted amongst others of whiting, cod, haddock, hake, herring, plaice, mackerel and cephalopods and some benthic crustaceans.


These dolphins are mostly found living far offshore, normally in shoals of 6 to 20, although in one exceptional case of more than 1500. They are often observed together with the Atlantic white-sided dolphin. They are powerful swimmers who love to surf on bow waves of ships. [details]


Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution Pelagic Northern waters [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorHolotype Skeleton and figure of an animal in the British Museum (Natural History), London, no. 916a-48.7.12.12, collected by Mr. Brightwell. [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorIUCN Red List Category Least Concern (LC) [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorImportance Are or were hunted along the coasts of several northern Atlantic countries including Norway, Iceland and Newfoundland. [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMorphology Distinguishing characteristics: robust body, with a short, thick beak about 5-8 cm long in adults. The beak is distinctly set off from the melon. The dorsal fin is at mid-body. It is proportionally large (up to 15% of body length), often rounded at the peak, and strongly recurved. Both the dorsal fin and the flukes apparently decrease in size relative to other body dimensions as the dolphin ages. The pointed flippers can be up to 19% of the total adult length. The thickened tail stock tapers gradually. The beak of most white-beaked dolphins is white, often mottled with light grey or with greyish or blackish spots, but in some it is almost entirely grey (though paler than the head). The dark dorsal field anterior to the dorsal fin is sometimes separated from the dark melon by a transverse light grey stripe, a brownish-grey patch or a bold whitish "chevron" around and behind the blowhole that may extend downwards from the melon to encircle the eye.  [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMorphology White-beaked dolphins are rather large, robust dolphins. The back is dark grey and black, with a lighter ‘saddlespot’ behind the dorsal fin. A dark grey to whitish line can be found above the eye which continues over the flanks to the anus. The colour is highly variable. The body is fairly stocky. The beak is rather short and the flippers are large and pointed.  [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorType locality Great Yarmouth, England. [details]

From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDiet clupeids, gadids and hake are the principal diet. Other fish, cephalopods and benthic crustaceans are also eaten. [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDimensions Length: male 8-10' (2.4-3 m), female 8-10' (2.4-3 m), at birth 4' (1.2 m); Weight: 200 kg on average [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorHabitat temperate to subpolar, mostly in deep water [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorHabitat inshore to mainly offshore [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorReproduction Calves born between June and September. Reach sexual maturity at a length of 1.95 m. (at birth are about 115 m long.) [details]
ImagesChecked: verified by a taxonomic editor 
Witsnuitdolfijn
Witsnuitdolfijn
Van Beneden & Gervais (1880, pl. 36)
Van Beneden & Gerv...
Lagenorhynchus albirostris
Lagenorhynchus albiros...
White-beaked dolphin - Lagenorhynchus albirostris
White-beaked dolphin -...
White-beaked dolphin - Lagenorhynchus albirostris
White-beaked dolphin -...
White-beaked dolphin - Lagenorhynchus albirostris
White-beaked dolphin -...
Van Beneden (1861, pl. 1)
Van Beneden (1861, pl. 1)
Van Beneden (1861, pl. 2)
Van Beneden (1861, pl. 2)
White-beaked dolphins
White-beaked dolphins
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:137101
Taxonomic
Edit history
 
Date   action   by
2004-12-21 15:54:05Z  created  van der Land, Jacob
2008-08-20 11:25:36Z  checked  Perrin, William
  
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  Citation: Perrin, W. (2014). Lagenorhynchus albirostris (Gray, 1846). In: Perrin, W.F. (2014) World Cetacea Database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=137101 on 2014-10-01
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