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August 2 2014

Scientists name new species of cetacean: The Australian humpback dolphin


Scientists examining a taxonomically confused group of marine mammals have officially named a species new to science: the Australian humpback dolphin, Sousa sahulensis, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and Clymene Enterprises.

The study describing the newly named species is the culmination of a 17-year long systematic examination of all available historical records, physical descriptions, and genetic data of humpback dolphins -- a widespread group of coastal cetaceans ranging from the coast of West Africa to the northern coast of Australia.

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