The Bottlenose Dolphin

1st Edition

Editors: Stephen Leatherwood Randall Reeves
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124402805
eBook ISBN: 9780323139618
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th November 1989
Page Count: 653
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Because of their exposure in marine parks, movies, and television as well as their presence in tropical and warm-temperature waters around the world, bottlenose dolphins are among the most familiar of marine mammals. Since they are relatively easy to obtain and they thrive in captivity, these dolphins have been used in a great variety of studies. Work with the bottlenose has provided insight into the sensory mechanisms, communication systems, energetics, reproduction, anatomy, and other aspects of cetacean biology. This volume presents the most recent biological and behavioral discoveries of bottlenose dolphins from different regions and compares bottlenose dolphins as a group with other species of animals.


Amateur and professional naturalists and zoologists interested in marine mammals.

Table of Contents

Evolution and Fossil Record:

L.G. Barnes, The Fossil Record and Evolutionary Relationships of the Genus Tursiops.

Anatomy and Physiology:

S. Rommel, Osteology of the Bottlenose Dolphin.

D.A. Pabst, Axial Muscles and Connective Tissues of the Bottlenose Dolphin.

S.H. Ridgway, The Central Nervous System of the Bottlenose Dolphin.

Systematics and Taxonomy:

G.J.B. Ross and V.G. Cockcroft, Comments on Australian Bottlenose Dolphins and the Taxonomic Status of Tursiops aduncus (Ehrenberg, 1832).

S.L. Hersh and D.A. Duffield, Distinction of Northwest Atlantic Offshore and Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins Based on Hemoglobin in Profile and Morphometry.

Life History and Biology:

K. Van Waerebeek, J.C. Reyes, A.J. Read, and J.S. McKinnon, Preliminary Observations of Bottlenose Dolphins from the Pacific Coast of South America.

S.L. Hersh, D.K. Odell, and E.D. Asper, Bottlenose Dolphin Mortality Patterns in the Indian/Banana River System of Florida.

J.G. Mead and C.W. Potter, Natural History of Bottlenose Dolphins along the Central Atlantic Coast of the United States.

Behavior and Ecology:

M.C. Caldwell, D.K. Caldwell, and P.L. Tyack, A Review of the Signature Whistle Hypothesis for the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.

M.D. Scott, R.S. Wells, and A.B. Irvine, A Long-Term Study of Bottlenose Dolphins on the West Coast of Florida.

S.H. Shane, Behavior and Ecology of the Bottlenose Dolphin at Sanibel Island, Florida.

L.T. Ballance, Residence Patterns, Group Organization, and Surfacing Associations of Bottlenose Dolphins in Kino Bay, Gulf of California, Mexico. <


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About the Editor

Stephen Leatherwood

Affiliations and Expertise

Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute, San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Randall Reeves

Affiliations and Expertise

Okapi Wildlife Associates, Hudson, Quebec, Canada


@qu:"This is well represented in The Bottlenose Dolphin, a superbly edited, authoritative text of thirty-six chapters under nine major headings... The editors of The Bottlenose Dolphin are fine researchers and writers, and they have used their considerable skills to guide chapter authors to concise, logical, pleasant prose... I applaud the editors for taking their work so seriously, and for producing a book which presents a wealth of valuable up-to-date information on one of my very favorite marine mammals." @source:--WHALEWATCHER @qu:"Overall, this is a very good book for any biologist interested in the current work done with dolphins... The Bottlenose Dolphin is an important book for any marine mammal enthusiast. Read cover-to-cover or used as a reference source, it is a book worth owning." @source:--FISHERIES @qu:"This volume abounds in material of interest to an informed general readership... In view of widespread public interest in bottlenose dolphins, this book should be an invaluable reference on the species. Recommended for public and college libraries." @source:--CHOICE