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The Bottlenose dolphin
Leatherwood, Stephen.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Academic Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
xviii, 653 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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QL737.C432 B67 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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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.

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Leatherwood and Reeves have compiled a superb sourcebook on the biology of Tursiops truncatus, the world's best-known cetacean. Although it is technically more sophisticated, in format the book is similar to the earlier work, The Gray Whale, Eschrichtius robustus, ed. by M.L. Jones, S.L. Swartz, and S. Leatherwood (Ch, May'85). The text consists of 36 authoritative papers written by 54 marine mammal specialists. Unit topics are Evolution and the Fossil Record; Anatomy and Physiology; Systematics and Taxonomy; Life History and Biology; Behavior and Ecology; Distribution, Movements, and Abundance; Husbandry and Captive Breeding; Research Techniques; and Management. Intended as a publication outlet for dolphin research and a benchmark source for future workers, this volume abounds in material of interest to an informed general readership, but all articles are technical and written primarily for specialists. Monochrome photographs, line drawings, graphs, cladograms, maps, and tables complement the text. All illustrations are relevant, but variation in quality is considerable. An index is included. 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. -E. D. Keiser, University of Mississippi

Table of Contents

Evolution and Fossil RecordL.G. Barnes
The Fossil Record and Evolutionary Relationships of the Genus Tursiops
Anatomy and PhysiologyS. Rommel
Osteology of the Bottlenose DolphinD.A. Pabst
Axial Muscles and Connective Tissues of the Bottlenose DolphinS.H. Ridgway
The Central Nervous System of the Bottlenose Dolphin
Systematics and TaxonomyG.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 BiologyK. Van Waerebeek and J.C. Reyes and A.J. Read and J.S. McKinnon
Preliminary Observations of Bottlenose Dolphins from the Pacific Coast of South AmericaS.L. Hersh and D.K. Odell and E.D. Asper
Bottlenose Dolphin Mortality Patterns in the Indian/Banana River System of FloridaJ.G. Mead and C.W. Potter
Natural History of Bottlenose Dolphins along the Central Atlantic Coast of the United States
A Review of the Signature Whistle Hypothesis for the Atlantic Bottlenose DolphinM.D. Scott and R.S. Wells and A.B. Irvine
A Long-Term Study of Bottlenose Dolphins on the West Coast of FloridaS.H. Shane
Behavior and Ecology of the Bottlenose Dolphin at Sanibel Island, FloridaL.T. Ballance
Residence Patterns, Group Organization, and Surfacing Associations of Bottlenose Dolphins in Kino Bay, Gulf of California, MexicoP.J. Corkeron
Aspects of the Behavioral Ecology of Inshore Dolphins Tursiops truncatus and Sousa chinensis in Moreton Bay, AustraliaV.G. Cockcroft and G.J.B. Ross
Food and Feeding of the Indian Ocean Bottlenose Dolphin off Southern Natal, South AfricaN.B. Barros and D.K. Odell
Food Habits of Bottlenose Dolphins in the Southeastern United StatesP.J. Corkeron and M.M. Bryden and K.E. Hedstrom
Feeding by Bottlenose Dolphins in Association with Trawling Operations in Moreton Bay, AustraliaC. Lockyer
Review of Incidents Involving Wild, Sociable Dolphins, WorldwideR.C. Connor and R.A. Smolker
Quantitative Description of a Rare Behavioral Event
A Bottlenose Dolphin''s Behavior toward Her Deceased OffspringB. W