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Hector's dolphin, Cephalorhynchus hectori, VT167

Physical Description

Skull of a small dolphin, including all of the teeth, but missing the right tympanoperiotic. The skull is covered in dried soft tissue. The supraoccipital is broken on both sides. Some of the sutures between the bones are open.


Loss of genetic diversity in the endemic Hector’s dolphin due to fisheries-related mortality; F Pichler, C Baker


2 teeth were removed (brittle) for Dr. F. Pichler, Univ. AK. for D.N.A.

Field Collection


Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (a - skull): 135 x 165 x 310mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (b - left periotic): 6 x 11 x 19mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (c - left tympanic bulla): 20 x 23 x 33mm

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