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Short Note: Southernmost Distribution of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Eastern South Pacific
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
Page Numbers: 288-293