June 21, 2024

Short Note: Southernmost Distribution of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Eastern South Pacific


Carlos Olavarría, Jorge Acevedo, Heike I. Vester, José Zamorano-Abramson, Francisco A. Viddi, Jorge Gibbons, et al.


Abstract: The common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is a cosmopolitan species that does not range to latitudes greater than 45º in either hemisphere, with a few exceptions. In South American waters, this species is generally distributed in the Atlantic Ocean south to Chubut province (ca. 46º S), while in the eastern South Pacific this species has been recorded in northern and central Chile, with a few records south to 40º S. Here we summarize recent records of common bottlenose dolphins obtained during systematic marine mammal surveys in the Chilean Patagonian and Fuegian channels and fjords (the Los Lagos, Aysén, and Magallanes regions of Chile). These data suggest an extension of the documented range of the species southwards, indicating that bottlenose dolphins may have colonized new areas in the eastern South Pacific or as the result of an increase in survey efforts by scientists in the region.

Key Words: common bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, eastern South Pacific, Chile, distribution

Document Type: Short note

DOI: 10.1578/AM.36.3.2010.288

Page Numbers: 288-293

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