Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAVS: 1908

Species Orcaella heinsohni Beasley, Robertson & Arnold, 2005

Australian Snubfin Dolphin



Australian populations previously believed to be Orcaella brevirostris (Gray, 1866).




Queensland, Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

General References

Amos, B., Schlotterer, C. & Tauz, D. 1993. Social structure of pilot whales revealed by analytical DNA profiling. Science (Washington, D.C.) 260: 670-672

Arnold, P.W. & Heinsohn, G.E. 1996. Phylogenetic status of the Irrawaddy dolphin Orcaella brevirostris (Owen in Grey): A cladistic analysis. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 39: 141-204

Bannister, J.L., Kemper, C.M. & Warneke, R.M. 1996. The Action Plan for Australian Cetaceans. Canberra : Australian Nature Conservation Agency 242 pp.

Bernard, H.J. & Reilly, S.B. 1999. Pilot whales. pp. 245-279 in Ridgway, S.H. & Harrison, R.J. (eds). Handbook of Marine Mammals. Volume 6. The second book of dolphins and the porpoises. London : Academic Press.

Bryden, M.M. 1978. Whales and whaling in Queensland waters. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 89: v-xviii

Clayton, M., Wombey, J.C., Mason, I.J., Chesser, R.T. & Wells, A. 2006. CSIRO List of Australian Vertebrates: A Reference with Conservation Status. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing iv 162 pp.

Freeland, W.J. & Bayliss, P. 1989. The Irrawaddy River dolphin Orcaella brevirostris in coastal waters of the Northern Territory, Australia: Distribution, abundance and seasonal changes. Mammalia 53: 49-57

Johnson, D.H. 1964. Mammals of the Arnhem Land Expedition. 427-515 pls 1-16 in Specht, R.L. (ed.). Records of the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land. Zoology. Parkville : Melbourne University Press Vol. 4 xvii 533 pp.

Leatherwood, S. & Reeves, R.R. 1983. The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins. San Francisco : Sierra Club Books xviii 302 pp.

Parra, G.J. 2005. Behavioral ecology of Irrawaddy Orcaella brevirostris (Owen in Gray, 1866) and Ind-Pacific humpback dolphins Sousa chinensis (Osbeck, 1765) in northeast Queensland, Australia: a comparative study. PhD, Thesis. Townsville : James Cook University. pp.

Parra, G.J., Azuma, C., Preen, A., Corkeron, P.J. & Marsh, H 2002. Distribution of Irrawady dolphins, Orcaella brevirostris, in Australian waters. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Suppl. 10: 141-154

Parra, G.J., Corkeron, P.J. & Marsh, H. 2006. Population sizes, site fidelity and residence patterns of Australian snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins: implications for conservation. Biological Conservation 129: 167-180

Pirzi, R. & Anderson, G.R.V. 1997. Australia. Progress report on cetacean research, May 1995 to May 1996. In, Anon. (ed.). Forty-seventh Report of the International Whaling Commission. Cambridge : International Whaling Commission 1032 pp.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
16-Dec-2010 16-Dec-2010 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)