Anomalous pigmentation in a dusky dolphin Lagenorhynchus obscurus from Golfo Nuevo, Argentinian Patagonia

Pigmentación anómala en delfín oscuro Lagenorhynchus obscurus del Golfo Nuevo, Patagonia Argentina



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Hypo-pigmentation, leucism, dusky dolphin, Argentinian Patagonia


Anomalous pigmentation conditions occur with low frequency in marine mammals. Here is presented the first known record and resighting of a hypo-pigmented all-white dusky dolphin from Golfo Nuevo off Península Valdés, Argentinian Patagonia. The anomalously pigmented Lagenorhynchus obscurus was observed three times between 2016 and 2018. Images suggest that this could be a case of a leucistic dusky dolphin, apparently a single individual. The hypo-pigmented individual was estimated to have reached adult body size, and was probably sexually mature. More research is required for a proper understanding of the effect on behavioral, ecological and physiological conditions.

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María Soledad Lindner, Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco

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Cómo citar

Lindner, M. S. (2023). Anomalous pigmentation in a dusky dolphin Lagenorhynchus obscurus from Golfo Nuevo, Argentinian Patagonia: Pigmentación anómala en delfín oscuro Lagenorhynchus obscurus del Golfo Nuevo, Patagonia Argentina. Revista De Biología Marina Y Oceanografía, 58(2), 116–121.



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