The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus)

  • Richard C. ConnorEmail author
  • Mai Sakai
  • Tadamichi Morisaka
  • Simon J. Allen
Part of the Ethology and Behavioral Ecology of Marine Mammals book series (EBEMM)


The behavioral ecology of Tursiops aduncus (Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin) is usually reviewed alongside the much more widely studied T. truncatus (common bottlenose dolphin). However, the smaller, typically shallow water T. aduncus has been closely scrutinized in Australian and Japanese waters. As a result, there now exists a robust body of information spanning all three of Hinde’s levels of social analysis—interactions, relationships, and social structure—that may be unmatched in any other cetacean. Research on T. aduncus has contributed significantly to the social complexity hypothesis of large brain evolution and our understanding of delphinid mating systems, communication, and individual differences in foraging tactics within populations. Here, we focus on behavioral research at two primary sites, Shark Bay in Australia and Mikura Island in Japan, with additional observations of importance from other locales in each region.


Bottlenose dolphin Indo-Pacific Behavioral ecology Mating strategy Delphinids Social complexity Alliances 


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  • Richard C. Connor
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mai Sakai
    • 2
  • Tadamichi Morisaka
    • 3
  • Simon J. Allen
    • 4
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentUMASS-DartmouthDartmouthUSA
  2. 2.Department of Fisheries, Faculty of AgricultureKindai UniversityOsakaJapan
  3. 3.Cetacean Research Center, Graduate School of BioresourcesMie UniversityTsuJapan
  4. 4.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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