List of toothed whales (includes whales, dolphins and porpoises)

Photo credit: NOAA

Since I recently posted a list of baleen whales, I decided it was time to post a list of toothed whales.

Toothed whales make up the scientific suborder Ondontoceti, which includes an impressive list of species. Similar to the baleen whales, every list out there is slightly different. The list compiled below is based on information in the Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, the Guide to Marine Mammals of the World and Wikipedia. In most cases, the Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals was the final say when there were any discrepancies.

So here it is, a list of toothed whales:

Sperm whale
Pygmy sperm whale
Dwarf sperm whale

Arnoux’s beaked whale
Baird’s beaked whale
Cuvier’s beaked whale
Shepherd’s beaked whale
Northern bottlenose whale
Southern bottlenose whale
Longman’s beaked whale
Sowerby’s beaked whale
Andrew’s beaked whale
Hubb’s Beaked whale
Blainville’s Beaked whale
Gervais’ beaked whale
Ginkgotoothed beaked whale
Gray’s beaked whale
Hector’s beaked whale
Straptoothed whale
True’s beaked whale
Perrin’s beaked whale
Peruvian beaked whale
Stejneger’s beaked whale
Spade-toothed whale

Rough-toothed dolphin
Tucuxi dolphin
Costero dolphin (aka Guyana dolphin)
Chinese white dolphin (aka Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin)
Clymene dolphin
Striped dolphin
Atlantic spotted dolphin
Pantropical spotted dolphin
Spinner dolphin
Short-beaked common dolphin
Long-beaked common dolphin
Bottlenose dolphin
Indian ocean bottlenose dolphin
Fraser’s dolphin
Northern right whale dolphin
Southern right whale dolphin
Heaviside’s dolphin
Hector’s dolphin
Chilean dolphin
Commerson’s dolphin
Dusky dolphin
Hourglass dolphin
Peale’s dolphin
Pygmy killer whale
Melon-headed whale
Long-finned pilot whale
Short-finned pilot whale
False killer whale
Risso’s dolphin
Orca (aka killer whale)
Irrawaddy dolphin
Australian snubfin dolphin
White-beaked dolphin
Atlantic white-sided dolphin
Pacific white-sided dolphin

Indus River dolphin
Ganges River dolphin
Amazon River dolphin
Yangtzee River dolphin (aka Baiji) EXTINCT
Franciscana dolphin (aka La Plata dolphin)


Harbor porpoise
Burmeister’s porpoise
Vaquita [Most endangered cetacean in the world]
Spectacled porpoise
Dall’s porpoise
Finless porpoise


  1. says

    What an impressive list. Some of these whales are so hard to find, let alone see. I wonder how many individuals have seen, photographed and documented all these cetaceans in the wild.

  2. Mr. Minecrafter (real name Ethan) says

    WOW awesome report i got an A+ for my report thancks for the list!!!!!!! 🙂


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