Bottlenose dolphin (species: Tursiops truncatus) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Tursiops truncatus
Bottlenose dolphin

©Anne Hoggett: Tursiops truncatus east of Hicks Reef.

©Anne Hoggett: A large Tursiops truncatus (estimated at 2.5 to 3 m long) east of Hicks Reef.

©Anne Hoggett: Tursiops truncatus east of Hicks Reef.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Delphinidae
Genus Tursiops
Species Tursiops truncatus
Status least concern

Distinguishing features

No spots on pale underside. The dorsal 'cape' (darker area on back from head to at least rear of dorsal fin) has a paler 'blaze' lateral to the dorsal fin.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Hale, A.S. Barreto and G.J.B. Ross, P.T. (2000). Comparative morphology and distribution of the aduncus and truncatus forms of bottlenose dolphin Tursiops in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans. Aquatic Mammals, 26(2): 101-110. LIRS catalog number 90395.