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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 (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).

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) | FishSource | Sea Around Us

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Abundance
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

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 2.3 - 5.8, mean 3.4 (based on 3246 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Very high vulnerability (85 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown