Review of geographical stocks of tropical dolphins (Stenella spp. and Delphinus delphis) in the eastern Pacific
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Review of geographical stocks of tropical dolphins (Stenella spp. and Delphinus delphis) in the eastern Pacific
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Review of geographical stocks of tropical dolphins (Stenella spp. and Delphinus delphis) in the eastern Pacific
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    Information on geographical variation is reviewed for Stenella attenuata, S. longirostris, S. coeruleoalba, and Delphinus delphis in the eastern Tropical Pacific, and boundaries for potential management units are proposed. National Marine Fisheries Service and Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission sighting records made from 1979-1983 which were outside the 1979 SOPS boundaries were examined for validity. Tagging returns and morphological data were also analyzed. Several stock ranges are expanded or combined. Three management units are proposed for S. attenuata: the coastal, northern offshore, and southern offshore spotted dolphins. Four management units are proposed for S. longirostris: the Costa Rican, eastern, northern whitebelly, and southern whitebelly spinner dolphins. Two provisional management units are proposed for S. coeruleoalba: the northern and southern striped dolphins. Five management units (two of which are provisional) are proposed for D. delphis: the Baja neritic, northern, central, southern, and Guerrero common dolphins. Division into management units was based on morphological stock differences and distributional breaks. Several definitions of population units used for management purpose are discussed.
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