New Humpback Dolphin Found

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers have identified a fourth previously unknown species of the humpback dolphin family just off the coast of northern Australia.

     Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and a few other contributors have identified a new species of humpback dolphin off the coast of northernAustralia.  They studied the skull characteristics and DNA from tissuesamples to separate this particular species out from the rest of the family of humpback dolphins which now is known to include four different species.  They are all characterized by a hump just below their dorsal fin.  The new species is yet to be named but the team says that this research provides “needed scientific evidence for management decisions aimed at protecting their unique genetic diversity and associated important habitat.”