Delphinapterus leucas   (Pallas, 1776)

beluga

Native range | All suitable habitat | Year 2100
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Classification
Mammalia | Cetacea | Monodontidae
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Main reference
Jefferson, T.A., S. Leatherwood and M.A. Webber. 1993. (Ref. 1394)
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Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 550 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); 410 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 1.6 t (Ref. 1394)

Environment
Pelagic

Climate / Range
Polar; 90°N - 0°S, 180°W - 180°E

Distribution
Northern Atlantic, Northern Pacific, the Arctic and Inland Waters. [IUCN 2010 (Ref. 84930): CR, C2a(ii).]
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Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in shallow coastal waters, and occasionally moves into deep, offshore waters. In the summer, they aggregate in large numbers in shallow estuaries. They primarily feed on various species of fish, combined with a wide variety of mollusks and benthic invertebrates which are found on or near the bottom (Ref. 1394).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Threat to humans




Human uses
Fisheries: commercial
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Mass conversion

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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Very high vulnerability (90 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown