What Is The Scientific Name Of Fraser’s Dolphin? (ANSWER)

What Is The Scientific Name Of Fraser’s Dolphin? (ANSWER)

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF FRASER’S DOLPHIN – In this topic, we are going to know and identify the scientific name of Fraser’s dolphin.

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Also known as the Sarawak dolphin, it is a cetacean species in the dolphin family Delphindae. It can be found in the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic.

The namesake came from one of the world’s leading authorities on cetacea Francis Charles Fraser, who examined the dolphin skull that was donated by British colonial administrator, zoologist and ethnologist Charles Hose who found it in Sarawak, Borneo, hence, the other name Sarawak dolphin.

The species has a stocky build, a small fin, and an insubstantial dorsal fin and beak. It also has a gray-blue to gray-brown upper side and a dirty cream colored line that is running among the flanks from the beak, above the eye to the rear.

Its belly and throat are usually white and rarely tinged pink. Its distinguishing characteristic is the lack of a prominent beak.


The binomial name of Fraser’s dolphin is Lagenodelphis hosei.

Lagenodelphis is a genus of the dolphin family Delphindae. It is a combination of the genera Lagenorhynchus and Delphinus. The Lageno in the genus is derived from the Greek lagenos meaning “bottle“; and the delphis is from delphinus, which is a Latinized verson of the Greek term which means “dolphin“.

The specific epithet hosei, on the other hand is in honor for Charles Hose who found the skull of this species in Sarawak, Borneo.

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