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Clymene Dolphin
Scientific Name:
Stenella clymene
Family Name:
5.8-6.5 ft
110-200 lbs
The undersides are white, darkening to a light grey on the flanks and a dark grey dorsal cape that dips low along the sides. A grey stripe from eye to flipper can sometimes be seen
fish and squid
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Clymene Dolphin

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Clymene Dolphin Description
  The Clymene dolphin is externally similar to the spinner dolphin, but is smaller and more robust, with a much shorter and stockier beak. The dorsal fin is falcate, as opposed to the more triangular fins of spinners. Despite the general similarities with the spinner dolphin, skull morphology indicates that the Clymene dolphin may be more closely related to the striped dolphin.

A three-part color pattern, with a dark gray cape, light gray sides, and white belly, is characteristic of this species. The cape dips in two places, above the eye and below the dorsal fin. The beak is mostly light gray, but the lips and beak tip are black. There is also a dark stripe on the top of the beak, from the tip to the apex of the melon, and often a dark "moustache" marking on the middle of the top of the beak. The eye is also surrounded by black, and a dark gray stripe runs from the eye to the flipper. Tooth counts are much lower than in spinners 39-52 teeth per row. They are slender and pointed.

Clymene dolphins are known to reach at least 1.97 m (males) and 1.90 m (females) in length, and sexual maturity is reached by about 1.7-1.8 m. Newborn length is unknown, but is less than 1.2 m. This species reaches weights of at least 80 kg.

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