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Delphinus capensis Gray 1828 (long-beaked common dolphin)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Delphinidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 82064

Synonyms: Delphinus bairdii Dall 1873 (no. 69779), Delphinus moorei Gray 1866 (no. 69780), Delphinus moorii Gray 1866 (no. 102663)

Belongs to Delphinus according to I. Agnarsson and L. J. May-Collado 2008

Sister taxa: Delphinus bertini, Delphinus coronatus, Delphinus delannoy, Delphinus delphis, Delphinus dewaeli, Delphinus domeykoi, Delphinus feres, Delphinus lunatus, Delphinus minimus, Delphinus niger, Delphinus pernettyi, Delphinus rikuzenensis, Delphinus tropicalis, Delphinus tursio, Delphinus wasii, Eudelphinus tasmaniensis, Eudelphinus compressus

Type specimens:

  • Delphinus capensis: BM 41.1734, an other (whole mount)
  • Delphinus bairdii:
  • Delphinus moorei: Liverpool Free Museum, a skull.

Ecology: ground dwelling piscivore-carnivore

Average measurements (in mm): humerus length 62.0, scapula length 88.5

Estimated body mass: 69.2 kg based on humerus length