| The Atlantic spotted dolphin is seen in coastal waters from the Carolinas south to Brazil, usually staying within about 350 km of the coast. Another population in known from the Gulf Stream near New England. Calves have no spots at birth, and begin to be spotted about the time that they are weaned. Adults have a white belly with dark spots, and a darker back with pale spots. They feed on a great variety of fish, squids, and invertebrates that live at the bottom of the sea. Newborns measure 0.88 - 1.2 m in length, and the length of adults is 1.7 - 2.3 m.
Also known as:
Gulf Stream Spotted Dolphin, Bridled Dolphin, Spotted Porpoise, Delfín Moteado del Atlántico
up to 143 kg
Cuvier, G. [Baron], 1829. "Le règne animal distribue d'après son organisation, pour servir de base a l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction a l'anatomie comparée". Les mammifères. Nouvelle édition, revue et augmentée. Deterville, Paris. 1, p. 288.
Mammal Species of the World
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