July 2017: Vaquita

Scientific Name Phocoena sinus
Alternate Name Cochito, Desert Porpoise, Gulf Porpoise, Gulf of California Porpoise, Gulf of California Harbour Porpoise, Little Cow/Pig, Vaquita Marina/Porpoise
Collective Name Crowd, Herd, Pod, School, Shoal
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Cetartiodactyla Phocoenidae Phocoena
North America Marine Neritic, Marine Oceanic
29-55 kg. 65-120 lb.
1.49-2 m. 4.9-6.6 ft. 20-21 yr. 10 yr. (Generation)
Critically Endangered Solitary Diurnal
Decreasing Polygynous Carnivore
Fore Hind

The vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is the smallest member of the Phoecoenidae family, categorized within the Cetartiodactyla order. The vaquita is categorized as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species as it’s the most endangered marine mammal on the planet with approximately less than 30 individuals remaining in the wild today. As a solitary species, the vaquita is usually found alone, or as a mother and calf pairing. The vaquita is only found within the Gulf of California and prefers murky, shallow waters close to the coast.

 

GEOGRAPHIC RANGE

Source: IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) 2017. Phocoena sinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2018-2

 

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FAUNAFACTS
https://faunafocus.com/home/july-2017/#jp-carousel-1741 Vaquita - At the current rate of decline, the vaquita could be extinct by 2018.
https://faunafocus.com/home/july-2017/#jp-carousel-1734 Vaquita - The vaquita first became known to the scientific community after the discovery of a bleached skull in 1950.
https://faunafocus.com/home/july-2017/#jp-carousel-1753 Vaquita - The vaquita has the smallest geographical range of any marine mammal.

 

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