False Killer Whale (species: Pseudorca crassidens) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pseudorca crassidens
False Killer Whale

©Mariana Alvarez Noriega: False Killer Whale at Lizard Island

©Mariana Alvarez Noriega: A pod of False Killer Whale at Lizard Island.

©Mariana Alvarez Noriega: False Killer Whales ranging from about 2 to 4 metres in length approached an anchored boat and snorkellers at Lizard Island in Nov 2015.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Delphinidae
Genus Pseudorca
Species Pseudorca crassidens
Status insufficient data to assess



Distinguishing features

A large black toothed whale, growing to about 5.5 metres. The snout is rounded and without a beak. The dorsal fin is small and hooked, positioned about halfway along the body.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


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