Vaquita

marine mammal

Vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is a rare type of porpoise. It lives only in the Gulf of California.

Vaquita
Temporal range: Holocene
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Vaquita size.svg
Size compared to an average human
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Phocoenidae
Genus: Phocoena
Species:
P. sinus
Binomial name
Phocoena sinus
Cetacea range map Vaquita.PNG
Vaquita range

LookEdit

Vaquita have a dark coloring around the eyes and mouth. The upper side of the body is medium to dark gray. The underside is off-white to light gray. It has a rather large fin on its back for its size. The Vaquita is the smallest type of porpoise in the world, growing up to 5 feet long and weighing up to 120 pounds.

FeedingEdit

Vaquita feed on small, bottom-dwelling fish and squid.

LifeEdit

They live alone or in small groups, usually of about three, but sometimes they live in groups of up to ten.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fossilworks Database. "Fossilworks". Fossilworks Gateway to paleotology. John Alory. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  2. Rojas-Bracho, L.; Taylor, B.L. (2017). "Phocoena sinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2017: e.T17028A50370296. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T17028A50370296.en. Retrieved 18 February 2019. (previous version)