Lagenodelphis hosei Fraser, 1956

Fraser's dolphin, Sarawak dolphin



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1895

Rediscovered in 1973 or before

IUCN RedList status: Least Concern





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Fraser, F. C. (1956). A new Sarawak dolphin. The Sarawak Museum Journal 7: 478-503.


Other references:

Amano, M. (2009). Lagenodelphis hosei Fraser, 1956. In: The wild mammals of Japan (Eds., Ohdachi SD, Ishibashi Y, Iwasa MA, Saitoh T). Shoukadoh, Kyoto, pp. 366-367.

Bones, M., Neill, B. and Reid, B. (1998). Fraser’s dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) stranded on South Ulst: first record in U.K. waters. Journal of Zoology 246: 443-486.

Cockcroft, V. G. 1990. Dolphin catches in the Natal shark nets, 1980-1988. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 20: 44-51.

Dolar, M. L. L. 2002. Fraser's dolphin Lagenodelphis hosei. In: W. F. Perrin, B. Wursig and J. G. M. Thewissen (eds), Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, pp. 485-487. Academic Press.

Dolar, M. L. L., Walker, W. A., Kooyman, G. L. and Perrin, W. F. 2003. Comparative feeding ecology of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) and Fraser's dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) in the Sulu Sea. Marine Mammal Science 19(1): 1-19.

Hammond, P.S., Bearzi, G., Bjørge, A., Forney, K.A., Karkzmarski, L., Kasuya, T., Perrin, W.F., Scott, M.D., Wang, J.Y. , Wells, R.S. & Wilson, B. (2012). Lagenodelphis hosei. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. ( Downloaded on 11 May 2014.

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 362-363]

Jefferson, T. A. and Leatherwood, S. (1994). Lagenodelphis hosei. Mammalian Species 470: 1-5.

Kaiya, Zhou, Leatherwood, Stephen and Jefferson, Thomas A. (1995). Records of small cetaceans in Chinese waters: a review. Asian marine Biology 12: 119-139.

Kim, Hyun Woo et al. (2013). First Record of the Fraser’s Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) in Korean Waters. Anim. Syst. Evol. Divers. 29(2): 175-178.

Louella, M. and Dolar, L. (2009). Fraser’s dolphin Lagenodelphis hosei. In: Encyclopedia of marine mammals (Eds., Perrin W, Würsig B, Thewissen JGM). Academic Press, San Diego, CA, pp. 469-471.

Mignucci-Giannoni AA, Montoya-Ospina RA, Pérez-Zayas JJ, Rodríguez-López MA, Williams EH Jr, 1999. New records of Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) for the Caribbean. Aquatic Mammals 25:15-19. 

Perrin, W. F., Best, P. B., Dawbin, W. H., Balcomb, K. C. and Gambell, R. (1973). Rediscovery of Fraser's Dolphin Lagenodelphis hosei. Nature (London) 241: 345-350. [Abstract]

Perrin WF, Leatherwood S, Collet A, 1994. Fraser’s dolphin Lagenodelphis hosei Fraser, 1956. In: Handbook of marine mammals. Vol. 5. The first book of dolphins (Eds., Ridgway SH, Harrison SR). Academic Press, London, pp. 225-240.

Tobayama T, Nishiwaki M, Yang HC, 1973. Records of the Fraser’s Sarawak dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) in the western North Pacific. Scientific Reports of the Whales Research Institute 25: 251-263.

Vu, Long et al. (2020). New Records of Fraser’s Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) from the Whale Temples and Fishing Communities of Vietnam. Aquatic Mammals 46(4): 395-401. DOI 10.1578/AM.46.4.2020.395 [First page]

Watkins, W. A., Daher, M. A., Fritsrup, K. M. and Notarbartolo Di Sciara, G. 1994. Fishing and acoustic behavior of Fraser's dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) near Dominica, southeast Caribbean. Caribbean Journal of Science 30: 76-82.


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