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Stenella

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Stenella
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A Striped Dolphin in full flight


Striped Dolphin
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Subclass:Eutheria
Order:Cetacea
Suborder:Odontoceti
Family:Delphinidae
Genus:Stenella
Species

Stenella attenuata
Stenella frontalis
Stenella longirostris
Stenella clymene
Stenella coeruleoalba

Stenella is a genus in the dolphin family. Currently five species are recognised in this genus

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, S. attenuata
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, S. frontalis
Spinner Dolphin, S. longirostris
Clymene Dolphin, S. clymene
Striped Dolphin, S. coeruleoalba

The common name for species in this species is the Spotted Dolphins or the Bridled Dolphins. They are found in temperate and tropical seas all around the world. Individuals of several species begin their lives spotless and become steadily more covered in darker spots as they get older.

The species name comes from the Greek stenos meaning narrow. It was coined by John Gray in 1866. He intended it as a subgenus of Steno. Modern taxonomists recognise two genera.de:Fleckendelfine

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