La Plata dowphin

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La Plata dowphin
Skeleton in the collection o Museo di storia naturale e del territorio dell'Università di Pisa
Size comparison against an average human
Conservation status
Scienteefic classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Eutheria
Order: Cetacea
Suborder: Odontoceti
Superfamily: Platanistoidea
Family: Pontoporiidae
Gray, 1870
Genus: Pontoporia
Species: P. blainvillei
Binomial name
Pontoporia blainvillei
Gervais & d'Orbigny, 1844
La Plata Dolphin range

The La Plata dowphin or Franciscana (Pontoporia blainvillei) is foond in coastal Atlantic watters o sootheastren Sooth Americae. Taxonomically, it is a member o the river dowphin group an the anly ane that actually lives in the ocean an seltwatter estuaries, rather than inhabitin exclusively freshwatter seestems.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Reeves, R., Dalebout, M., Jefferson, T.A., Karkzmarski, L., Laidre, K., O’Corry-Crowe, G., Rojas-Bracho, L., Secchi, E., Slooten, E., Smith, B.D., Wang, J.Y. , Zerbini, A.N. & Zhou, K. (2012). "Pontoporia blainvillei". IUCN Red Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naiture. Retrieved 18 January 2013.  Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of vulnerable.