A new species of humpback dolphins in Australia
An Australian humpback dolphin was named Sousa sahulensis , named after the continental shelf where he lives. That may be the end of a long controversy over the classification of these cetaceans.
On 08/05/2014 at 13:36 - By Marie-Céline Jacquier, Futura-Sciences
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Sousa chinensis, a species close to sahulensis Sousa has a characteristic white color as you can see in this picture. © takoradee, Wikimedia Commons, cc by sa 2.5
The humpback dolphins are a widespread group of cetaceans along the coasts of Africa, Asia and Oceania. coloring book pages While they are classified in the genus Sousa , their taxonomy is the subject of controversy for many years. Some believe they are all part of the same species but recent work suggests that there are several distinct .
Three species of humpback dolphins have already been named. In the Atlantic, Sousa teuszii has a uniform gray color and a dorsal hump. It is found on the west coast of Africa. Its Indo-Pacific cousin designated as white dolphin of China , Sousa chinensis , has meanwhile a large dorsal fin and a white coloration characteristic. He swims along the coast of India to China and Southeast Asia is. The third, Sousa plumbea , described by Cuvier in 1829, is present in the Indian Ocean.