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Pseudorca crassidens   (Owen, 1846)

false killer whale
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Mammalia | Cetacea | Delphinidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 2332 m (Ref. 116169).  Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Pacific. Tropical to warm temperate.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 366 - 427 cm Max length : 600 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); 500 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 2.0 t (Ref. 1394)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in deep offshore waters. Feeds primarily on fish and cephalopods; was reported to attack small cetaceans and, on one occasion, even a humpback whale (Ref. 1394). Length at first maturity ranges from 366 to 427 cm for females and 396 to 457 cm for males (Ref. 75906). Found in deep offshore waters (Ref. 1394). Typically in groups of 10 to 60 individuals (Ref. 801). Feeds primarily on fish and cephalopods (Refs. 801, 1394); was reported to attack small cetaceans and, on one occasion, even a humpback whale (Ref. 1394). Breeding occurs throughout the year (Ref. 97351). Foetal peaks on March to April and January to December (Ref. 97351).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Breeding occurs throughout the year (Ref. 97351).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Tan, J.M.L. 1995. (Ref. 936)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
FAO(fisheries: production) | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

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References
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(fisheries: species profile; publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Very high vulnerability (85 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown