List of dolphins

Northern right whale dolphin

People really seem to be into lists. So I have decided to start posting lists of related species. This is going to be an ongoing project.

This list features dolphins. There are two types of dolphins, those that live in the ocean and those that live in rivers and estuaries.

Oceanic dolphins are all members of the scientific family Delphinidae. In the list of oceanic dolphins, there are a few species with whale in their name, including the very famous killer whale and the less famous false killer whale. As members of the family Delphinidae, they are technically dolphins.

But dolphins are members of the larger scientific suborder Odontoceti, which includes all toothed whales. Scientifically speaking, dolphins are toothed whales first, dolphins second. So here it is, a list of dolphins:

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

River dolphins
Amazon River dolphin
Ganges River dolphin
Franciscana dolphin (aka La Plata dolphin)
Indus River dolphin
Yangtzee River dolphin (aka Baiji) EXTINCT in 2006

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