South Asian river dolphin
|South Asian river dolphin|
|Ganges river dolphin leaping out of the water|
|Size compared to an average human|
(Lebeck, 1801); (Roxburgh, 1801)
Platanista gangetica gangetica
|Ranges of the Ganges river dolphin and of the Indus river dolphin|
It is split into two subspecies, the Ganges river dolphin (P. g. gangetica) and Indus river dolphin (P. g. minor).
From the 1970s until 1998, they were regarded as separate species; however, in 1998, their classification was changed from two separate species to subspecies of a single species. The idea was to wait until genetic analysis had decided how best to classify them.