Marine Biology

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 165–169

Compositional topography of melon lipids in the Atlantic bottlenosed dolphin Tursiops truncatus: Implications for echo-location

  • C. Litchfield
  • R. Karol
  • A. J. Greenberg


Major variations in lipid composition exist within the fatty melon tissue of the Atlantic bottlenosed dolphin Tursiops truncatus. Topographical lipid analyses indicate a central “inner melon” core surrounded by distinctive “outer melon”, “under melon”, and blubber tissues. Acoustical considerations suggest that this melon-lipid topography may aid in collimation of the ultrasonic pulses used by the dolphin for echolocation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Litchfield
    • 1
  • R. Karol
    • 1
  • A. J. Greenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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