Killer Whale (species: Orcinus orca) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Orcinus orca
Killer Whale

©Andy Lewis: Female or juvenile Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)

©Innotata: Male Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Delphinidae
Genus Orcinus
Species Orcinus orca
Status insufficient data to assess



Distinguishing features

A large powerful toothed whale, growing to 9 metres, with distinct black and white markings. The head is broad and pointed with a very slight rounded beak. The dorsal fin is extremely tall, up to 1.8 m in males and 0.9 m in females.


  • Up to 900 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adult

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia: Uncommon in the Lizard Island area.

Web resources


  • Baker, A.N. (1983). Whales and Dolphins of New Zealand and Australia: An identification guide Victoria University Press, Wellington, NZ.