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Ganges river dolphin information, facts - classicanimal

Ganges river dolphin is a large-sized marine mammal species native to South Aisa. It is the national fish of India. They are habitat in freshwater in the Ganga river. For their body structure, they can swim very fast in the water. They have a long, pointed nose and thier teeth are visible in both the upper and lower jaws even when their mouth is closed. They are feeds shrimp, fish.

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INFORMATION

NAME & SCIENTIFIC NAME

Their scientific name is Platanista gangetica. They are also known as the South Asian river dolphin, Blind dolphins, Shushuk, Susu, Sisu.

Common Name: Ganges river dolphin
Scientific Name: Platanista gangetica

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

Ganges river dolphins belong to the family Platanistidae and the genus of Platanista. It is a species of marine mammal. There are 2 species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Endangered' due to hunting, habitat loss. These species are listed on the red list on ICUN.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Platanistidae
Genus: Platanista
Number of Species: 2
Group: Marine Mammal
Conservation Status: Endangered

HABITAT & LIVING LOCATION

Ganges river dolphin is found in Southern Asia. They are habitats such as the freshwater rivers.

Living Locations: Southern Asia
Habitat: Freshwater river

APPEARANCE

Ganges river dolphin is a large-sized marine mammal species. They have a brownish color body. They have a long and pointed noses. Females are larger than males. An adult male's length is around 200 cm to 220 cm and on the other side, a female length is around 240 cm to 260 cm. Their weight is around 65 kg to 70 kg. They can swim at speed of up to 27 km/h.

Color: Brown
Weight: 65 kg to 70 kg (Approx)
Size: 200 cm to 260 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 27 km/h (Approx)

DIET

Ganges river dolphin is mainly part of the Carnivore diet, which means they eat meats. They mostly eat fish, shrimp.

Diet: Carnivore
Favorite Food: Fish, Shrimp

PREDATOR

Ganges river dolphin has some natural predators like jaguars, caimans.

Predators: Jaguars, caimans

LIFESPAN & LIFESTYLE

Their lifespan is up to 30 years in the wild. Ganges river dolphin is a diurnal and solitary animal. But sometimes they live in a small group.

Lifespan: Up to 30 Years
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary

BREED

At the age of 10 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the gestation period lasts around 10 months and born one baby in a breeding season. The young are called calves. Those young spend 1 year with their mothers.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 10 Years
Gestation Period: 10 Months
Average Litter Size: 1
Baby called: Calf
Age of Weaning: 1 Year

SHORT FACTS

  • Ganges river dolphin is the national fish of India.
  • They can only live in freshwater and is essentially blind. They hunt their prey by emitting ultrasonic sound, which bounces off of fish.

REFERENCES

Wikipedia.org: https://bit.ly/3JRbroW

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