Delphinus delphis Linnaeus, 1758

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Full Name

Delphinus delphis Linnaeus, 1758

Common names

  • common dolphin eng
  • saddle-backed dolphin eng
  • sea porpoise eng
  • more


Taxonomic status

Accepted species

According to

The Catalogue of Life, 3rd January 2011

Published in

Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp.



Georeferenced data

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Text based distributions present in some sources.

Distribution range

  • Present in New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone Source: King, C.M.; Roberts, C.D.; Bell, B.D.; Fordyce, R.E.; Nicoll, R.S.; Worthy, T.H.; Paulin, C.D.; Hitchmough, R.A.; Keyes, I.W.; Baker, A.N.; Stewart, A.L.; Hiller, N.; McDowall, R.M.; Holdaway, R.N.; McPhee, R.P.; Schwarzhans, W.W.; Tennyson, A.J.D.; Rust, S.; Macadie, I. (2009). Phylum Chordata: lancelets, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, in: Gordon, D.P. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity: 1. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. pp. 431-554.
  • Present in Portuguese Exclusive Economic Zone Source: Ramos, M. (2010). IBERFAUNA. The Iberian Fauna Databank.
  • Present in Portuguese Exclusive Economic Zone (Azores) Source: Borges, P.A.V., Costa, A., Cunha, R., Gabriel, R., Gonçalves, V., Martins, A.F., Melo, I., Parente, M., Raposeiro, P., Rodrigues, P., Santos, R.S., Silva, L., Vieira, P. & Vieira, V. (Eds.) (2010). A list of the terrestrial and marine biota from the Azores. Princípia, Oeiras, 432 pp.
  • Present in Spanish Exclusive Economic Zone Source: Ramos, M. (2010). IBERFAUNA. The Iberian Fauna Databank.
  • Present in United Kingdom Exclusive Economic Zone Source: MEDIN (2011). UK checklist of marine species derived from the applications Marine Recorder and UNICORN, version 1.0.

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Appears in



(1996) database, NODC Taxonomic Code

(1998) website, Mammal Species of the World

(2001) database, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad

ABAD, E. et al. (2002): Interactions of common dolphin Delphinus delphis and bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus with trawl and purse seine fisheries off Alboran Sea (Western Mediterranean Sea). En: European Research on Cetaceans- 16º Congreso anual de la Sociedad Europea de Cetáceos. Liege, Bélgica...AGUILAR, A. et al. (1995-1997): Inventario de los Cetáceos de las Aguas Atlánticas Peninsulares: Aplicación de la Directiva 92/43/CEE. Dirección General de Conservación de la Naturaleza- Universidad de Barcelona...AGUILAR, A. (2001): Delfín común, p. 251, in: Libro Rojo de los Vertebrados Amenazados de Andalucía. Consejería de Medio Ambiente. Junta de Andalucía. 336 pp. ..BEARZI, G. (2003): Delphinus delphis (Mediterranean subpopulation). En: IUCN 2004. 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. ...FAYOS, J.A., CAÑADAS, A. & SAGARMINAGA, R. (2000): A comparative approach of the movement patterns and orientation of common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) and bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the north-eastern Alboran Sea. 14th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society. Cork, Ireland. ..GARCÍA, P. (2006): Delfín común, pp. 256-257. En, Libro Rojo de los Vertebrados de la Región de Murcia. Consejería de Industria y Medio Ambiente. Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Murcia...RAGA, J.A. & PANTOJA, J. (eds.) (2004): Proyecto Mediterráneo. Zonas de especial interés para la conservación de los cetáceos en el Mediterráneo español. Naturaleza y Parques Nacionales, Serie Técnica. Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, Madrid...VIADA et al. (2006): Libro Rojo de los Vertebrados de las Baleares (3º Edición). Conselleria de Medi Ambient. Govern Balear.

Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, A. L. Gardner, and W. C. Starnes (2003) Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada

Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner (1987) Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada: Resource Publication, no. 166

Carwardine, M., E. Hoyt, R. E. Fordyce and P. Gill. 1998. Whales, dolphins and porpoises. Time-Life Books. Nature Company Guides, USA. 288 p.

Hershkovitz, P. (1966). Catalog of living whales. U.S. National Museum Bulletin 246:1--259.


Source information

This backbone name usage exists because it was found in another checklist at the time the backbone was built. The primary source name usage has since been removed from the portal.

Record history

This record was last modified in GBIF on Nov 3, 2014. The source was last visited by GBIF on Jul 30, 2015. It was last updated according to the publisher on Feb 8, 2013.

A record will be modified by GBIF when either the source record has been changed by the publisher, or improvements in the GBIF processing warrant an update.