n African Zoology - First record of a vagrant Commerson's dolphin, at the southern African continental shelf - : short communication

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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Commerson's Dolphins <I>Cephalorhynchus commersonii</I> are distributed in two disjunct populations, one around southern South America and the other around the sub-Antarctic Kerguelen Islands. These populations have been shown to be morphologically and genetically distinct and movement between the two populations is unlikely. We report on the sighting of a single specimen over the South African continental shelf on 13 November 2004. To our knowledge this is the first record of this species in South African waters and such a vast distance (over 4000 km) from the known distribution limits.

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