The Franciscana Dolphin

The Franciscana Dolphin

On the Edge of Survival

1st Edition - June 24, 2022

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  • Editors: Paulo Simoes-Lopes, Marta Cremer
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909747

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The Franciscana Dolphin: On the Edge of Survival provides the most updated and comprehensive knowledge on the most endangered marine mammal in the Western South Atlantic Ocean. It synthesizes all available information on this dolphin species, also referred to as La Plata dolphin, ranging from taxonomy, evolution, diet, parasites and diseases, reproduction and growth, to genetic diversity and stock definition, distribution, abundance, behavior, as well as the threats and causes behind the dwindling population numbers. Written by international experts, this book explores aspects of the species' natural history and urgent problems of accidental mortality in fishing nets, contamination and habitat loss. The book provides alternatives to rehabilitate this species and includes proposals for marine protected areas, public policies and international agreements aimed at joint conservation efforts. It is an important resource for researchers and practitioners in marine conservation, marine biology and zoology, particularly those who seek to gain the most reputable information on vulnerable marine mammal species for conservation efforts.

Key Features

  • Offers the most up-to-date research of the species’ natural history, biology and ecology
  • Discusses current threats and solutions for species conservation that can be applied to other marine mammal species
  • Provides updates on national and international agreements and policies for conservation efforts


Researchers and conservationists working with marine mammals; marine biologists, zoologists. Advanced undergraduate or graduate students in marine biology, conservation, and zoology courses; policymakers or governmental figures in charge of conservation and sustainability goals

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: A vulnerable species
    1. Taxonomic and evolutionary history
    2. Diet, stomach contents and isotopic niche
    3. Parasites 4. Pathologies and diseases
    5. Reproduction and growth
    6. Genetic diversity, population and stock definition
    7. Abundance estimates and distribution
    8. Behavior and movement patterns
    9. Acoustical repertoire 10. Bycatch at the Franciscan Dolphin
    11. Contamination levels at the Franciscan Dolphin
    12. Coastal development and habitat loss
    13. Stranding and mortality
    14. Rehabilitation of stranded specimens
    15. The potential use of “pingers”: restrictions on fishing grounds and other solutions
    16. Alternative fishing methods
    17. Artisanal and industrial fishing communities’ characteristics
    18. Ethnoecological approaches and fishermen perception
    19. Marine protected areas: their potential for the conservation of the species
    20. National and international agreements and public politics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: June 24, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909747

About the Editors

Paulo Simoes-Lopes

Paulo Simões-Lopes received is PhD in Zoology from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. He has published more than 130 scientific articles in journals and specialized book chapters, in addition to four books. Dr. Simões-Lopes has experience in the zoology of marine mammals, with an emphasis on morphology and skeletal biomechanics, comparative anatomy, population and behavior ecology, and systematics of cetaceans and pinnipeds.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor, Department of Ecology and Zoology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Marta Cremer

Marta Cremer received her PhD in Zoology from the Federal University of Paraná. She has published more than 90 scientific journal articles, book chapters, as well as four books. Her areas of expertise include animal ecology, specializing in bioacoustics, behavior, population and biological parameters of cetaceans, as well as public policies and conservation biology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor, Human and Biological Science Center, University of the Region of Joinville, Brazil

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