Animalia > Chordata > Mammalia > Cetacea > Delphinidae > Lagenorhynchus > Lagenorhynchus acutus

Lagenorhynchus acutus (Atlantic White-sided Dolphin)

Synonyms: Delphinus acutus; Delphinus leucopleurus; Lagenorhynchus gubernator; Lagenorhynchus leucopleurus; Lagenorhynchus perspicillatus
Language: French

Wikipedia Abstract

The Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus) is a distinctively coloured dolphin found in the cool to temperate waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 7.44
EDGE Score: 2.13


Adult Weight [1]  458.56 lbs (208.00 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  52.91 lbs (24.00 kg)
Female Maturity [1]  6 years 1 month
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Fish [2]  60 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  40 %
Forages - Marine [2]  100 %
Gestation [1]  10 months 16 days
Litter Size [1]  1
Litters / Year [1]  0
Maximum Longevity [1]  27 years
Weaning [1]  1 year 6 months

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast 160731 England/Scotland, United Kingdom  
Cape Breton Highlands National Park II 234333 Nova Scotia, Canada  
Cape Cod National Seashore II 21724 Massachusetts, United States
Forillon National Park II 61010 Quebec, Canada  
Humber Estuary 90582 England, United Kingdom
Kandalaksha State Nature Reserve 174283 Murmansk, Karelia, Russia
Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve II 20461 Quebec, Canada
Moray Firth 373987 Scotland, United Kingdom  
Morecambe Bay 151985 England, United Kingdom
Pembrokeshire Marine/ Sir Benfro Forol 341177 Wales, United Kingdom  
Prince Edward Island National Park II   Prince Edward Island, Canada  
Waddenzee 672193 Netherlands    

Prey / Diet

Alosa pseudoharengus (kyack)[3]
Arctozenus risso (Spotted barracudina)[3]
Argentina sphyraena (Lesser silver smelt)[3]
Bathypolypus arcticus (spoonarm octopus)[4]
Bathypolypus bairdii (spoonarm octopus)[3]
Benthosema glaciale (Large-eyed froghead)[3]
Ceratoscopelus maderensis (horned lanternfish)[4]
Clupea harengus (Yawling)[4]
Diaphus mollis (Lanternfish)[3]
Doryteuthis pealeii (longfin inshore squid)[5]
Enchelyopus cimbrius (Rockling)[4]
Gadiculus argenteus (Silvery pout)[3]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[3]
Hippoglossoides platessoides (American dab)[3]
Illex illecebrosus (northern shortfin squid)[3]
Limanda ferruginea (rusty flounder)[3]
Maurolicus muelleri (Silvery lightfish)[3]
Maurolicus weitzmani (pearlside)[3]
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)[4]
Merlangius merlangus (Whiting)[3]
Merluccius bilinearis (Whiting)[4]
Micromesistius poutassou (Poutassou)[3]
Myxine glutinosa (Atlantic hagfish)[4]
Nezumia bairdii (Marlin-spike grenadier)[3]
Osmerus mordax (Rainbow smelt)[4]
Pollachius virens (Sillock)[3]
Scomber scombrus (Split)[3]
Tautogolabrus adspersus (Sea perch)[4]
Trachurus trachurus (Scad)[3]
Ulvaria subbifurcata (Radiated shanny)[3]
Urophycis chuss (Squirrel hake)[4]
Urophycis tenuis (White hake)[3]
Zoarces americanus (Ocean pout)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alosa sapidissima (American shad)1
Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)2
Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Minke Whale)2
Cystophora cristata (Hooded Seal)2
Dipturus batis (Blue skate)1
Gadus morhua (rock cod)1
Gavia immer (Great Northern Loon)1
Gavia stellata (Red-throated Loon)1
Globicephala melas (Long-finned Pilot Whale)2
Halichoerus grypus (Gray Seal)1
Hippoglossoides platessoides (American dab)1
Lagenorhynchus albirostris (White-beaked Dolphin)2
Lamna nasus (Porbeagle shark)2
Merluccius bilinearis (Whiting)1
Micropterus dolomieu (Smallmouth bass)1
Morone saxatilis (Striper bass)1
Morus bassanus (Northern Gannet)1
Oceanodroma leucorhoa (Leach's Storm-Petrel)1
Oncorhynchus mykiss (redband trout)1
Pagellus bogaraveo (Sea-bream)1
Pagophilus groenlandicus (Harp Seal)1
Paralichthys dentatus (fluke)1
Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant)2
Phoca vitulina (Harbor Seal)2
Phocoena phocoena (Harbor Porpoise)4
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)1
Prionace glauca (Tribon blou)1
Puffinus puffinus (Manx Shearwater)1
Salmo salar (Atlantic salmon)1
Salmo trutta (Brown trout)1
Scophthalmus aquosus (brill)1
Squalus acanthias (Common spiny)2
Tetronarce nobiliana (Atlantic electric ray)1
Thunnus thynnus (horse mackerel)2
Uria aalge (Common Murre)1
Urophycis chuss (Squirrel hake)2
Urophycis tenuis (White hake)2


Parasitized by 
Anisakis simplex[6]
Anisakis typica[6]
Crassicauda grampicola <Unverified Name>[6]
Diphyllobothrium stemmacephalum[6]
Halocercus lagenorhynchi <Unverified Name>[6]
Monorygma grimaldii[6]
Oschmarinella laevicaecum[6]
Pholeter gastrophilus[6]
Phyllobothrium delphini[6]
Pseudalius inflexus[6]
Stenurus globicephalae <Unverified Name>[6]
Strobilocephalus triangularis[6]
Tetrabothrius forsteri[6]
Torynurus convolutus[6]

Range Map

Eastern Atlantic Ocean; Western Atlantic Ocean;



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Food habits of Atlantic white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus acutus) off the coast of New England, James E. Craddock, Pamela T. Polloni, Brett Hayward, Frederick Wenzel, Fish. Bull. 107:384–394 (2009)
5CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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