First Record of the Fraser's Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) in Korean Waters

  • Kim, Hyun Woo (Cetacean Research Institute, National Fisheries Research and Development Institute) ;
  • An, Yong-Rock (Cetacean Research Institute, National Fisheries Research and Development Institute) ;
  • An, Du Hae (Cetacean Research Institute, National Fisheries Research and Development Institute) ;
  • Kim, Zang Geun (Fisheries Resources Research Division, National Fisheries Research and Development Institute)
  • Received : 2012.08.31
  • Accepted : 2012.11.28
  • Published : 2013.04.30


The Fraser's dolphin, Lagenodelphis hosei has a pantropical distribution. Only several stranding or catch data were available from Japan and Taiwan in the north-west Pacific region. An adult female L. hosei stranded in Jeju-do, Korea. The specimen was identified by external features and skull measurements. It showed the same external appearance ratio and range in the number of teeth with L. hosei former described. The cranial measurements also well corresponded to condylobasal length proportions given in the previous descriptions of the holotype. This is the first record of the species in Korean waters. We report the information on external and osteological characters of the specimen.


Supported by : National Fisheries Research and Development Institute


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