Growth of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the Indian River Lagoon System, Florida, USA
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Mar. Mamm. Sci.
Tursiops truncatus; bottlenose dolphin; growth; Gompertz model; sexual; dimorphism; NOSED DOLPHINS; SEXUAL DIMORPHISM; EAST-COAST; AGE; MAMMALS; REPRODUCTION; CURVES; Marine & Freshwater Biology; Zoology
Gompertz growth models were fitted to total lengths and ages from tooth sections of 199 stranded bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the Indian River Lagoon system, eastern Florida. Based on the model, dolphins from this population are estimated to be born at 119 cm and reach asymptotic length at 250 cm. No apparent pubescent growth acceleration was noted for either sex. Males appeared to grow to slightly longer lengths than females. There were small size differences between Indian River dolphins and those in Texas and Sarasota, indicating general size similarities between North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico bottlenose dolphins stocks.
Marine Mammal Science
"Growth of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the Indian River Lagoon System, Florida, USA" (2002). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 3492.