Striped dolphin – Stenella coeruleoalba – Ζωνοδέλφινο
Other common names:
FR – dauphin bleu et blanc
ES – delfín listado
IT – stenella striata
DE – blauweißer Delphin
The striped dolphin is a streamlined oceanic dolphin, similar in shape and size to the common dolphin and measuring up to 2.3 metres in length. The body length of Mediterranean striped dolphins is generally shorter than in oceanic
populations (reaching 2.6 m). It has a long beak, a large curved dorsal fin and short tapered pectoral fins. Striped dolphins have a distinct colour pattern: the beak, melon, back, dorsal and pectoral fins are dark grey whilst the throat and belly are very pale; there are usually three dark grey stripes running from the eye to the anus, one to the pectoral fin and a third short stripe between the other two; the eyes are normally outlined by a dark patch; starting above the eye, a blaze of pale grey sweeps along each flank.
IUCN Red List classification: Mediterranean subpopulation proposed as Vulnerable (Aguilar & Gaspari, 2010).
Aguilar A. and Gaspari S. 2010. Striped dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba, – Mediterranean subpopulation. Assesment submitted to the IUCN Red List. 8 p.