South Asian river dolphin

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South Asian river dolphin
Temporal range: 0.012–0 Ma
Quaternary – recent[1]
Platanista gangetica noaa.jpg
Ganges river dolphin leaping out of the water
South Asian river dolphin size comparison.svg
Size compared to an average human
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Platanistidae
Genus: Platanista
Wagler, 1830
Species:
P. gangetica
Binomial name
Platanista gangetica
(Lebeck, 1801); (Roxburgh, 1801)
Subspecies

Platanista gangetica gangetica
Platanista gangetica minor

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Ranges of the Ganges river dolphin and of the Indus river dolphin

The South Asian river dolphin (Platanista gangetica) is a freshwater or river dolphin found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Platanista Wagler 1830 (toothed whale)". Fossilworks.
  2. Smith, B.D. & Braulik, G.T. (2017). "Platanista gangetica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2017: e.T41758A50383612.