Lagenodelphis hosei Fraser, 1956:478

Fraser's dolphin, Sarawak dolphin, Bornean dolphin



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1895

Rediscovered in 1973 or before

IUCN RedList status: Least Concern




Type locality: "mouth of Lutong River, Baram, Sarawak, Malaysia" (Bannister, 1988:204)


Biology & Ecology

"Ecology: oceanic, pelagic, predator, gregarious; diet consists of squid, crustaceans and deepsea fish."

(Bannister, 1988:204)



Holotype: BMNH 1895.5.9.1 (skeleton) (Bannister, 1988:204)






Original scientific description:

Fraser, F. C. (1956). A new Sarawak dolphin. The Sarawak Museum Journal 7(8): 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.

Amano, M., Miyazaki, N. and Yanagisawa, F. (1996). Life history of Lagenodelphis hosei, based on a school captured off the Pacific coast of Japan. Mar. Mamm. Sci. 12: 199-214.

Bannister, J. L. (1988). Delphinidae, pp. 201-210. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 5. Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. x + 273 pp. [p. 204]

Best, P. B. (2007). Whales and Dolphins of the Southern African Subregion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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.

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Dixon, Joan M. and Kemper, C. M. (2023). Fraser's Dolphin, Lagenodelphis hosei, pp. 806-807. In: Baker, Andrew M. and Gynther, Ian C. (eds.). Strahan’s Mammals of Australia (4th ed.). Wahroonga, NSW: Reed New Holland Publishers. 848 pp.

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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.

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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.

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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]

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