The Common Bottlenose Dolphin

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The Common Bottlenose Dolphin Organism common name and phylum, class, order, family, genus The common name for Tursiops truncatus is the common bottlenose dolphin, phylum Chordata, class Mammalia, order Cetacea, family Delphinidae, of the genus Tursiops, External characteristics As shown in Figure 1 below, the bottlenose dolphin has a streamlined body that provides maximum speed underwater. Figure 1. External Characteristics of the Bottlenose Dolphin Source: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/dgifs/Dolphin_color.GIF As can also be seen in Figure 1 above, bottlenose dolphins also sport a distinctive beak that helps differentiate them from porpoises and they possess a tall, falcate (i.e., sickle-shaped) dorsal fin and broad, slightly pointed flippers (Bottlenose dolphins, 2012). Internal characteristics As a member of the Mammalian class, bottlenose dolphins are warm-blooded, or endotherms (Cavendish, 2002). Normal habitat, including geographical location The normal habitat for bottlenose dolphins are the temperate and tropical waters situated between the Gulf of Capricorn and the Gulf of Cancer worldwide (Bottlenose dolphins habitat, 2013) except for the northern Pacific and polar seas (Cavendish, 2002). Although their habitat is worldwide, the distribution of the bottlenose dolphins is typically restricted to surface water temperatures of 10° to 32°C (50°-90° F) (Bottlenose dolphins habitat, 2013). Nutrient procurement Bottlenose dolphins cooperate in
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