La Plata dowphin

La Plata dowphin
Skeleton in the collection o Museo di storia naturale e del territorio dell'Università di Pisa
La plata dolphin size.svg
Size comparison against an average human
Scientific classification
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Subcless: Eutheria
Order: Cetacea
Suborder: Odontoceti
Superfaimily: Platanistoidea
Faimily: Pontoporiidae
Gray, 1870
Genus: Pontoporia
Species: P. blainvillei
Binomial name
Pontoporia blainvillei
Gervais & d'Orbigny, 1844
Cetacea range map La Plata River Dolphin.PNG
La Plata Dolphin range

The La Plata dowphin or Franciscana (Pontoporia blainvillei) is foond in coastal Atlantic watters o sootheastren Sooth Americae. Taxonomically, it is a member o the river dowphin group an the anly ane that actually lives in the ocean an seltwatter estuaries, rather than inhabitin exclusively freshwatter seestems.


  1. Reeves, R., Dalebout, M., Jefferson, T.A., Karkzmarski, L., Laidre, K., O’Corry-Crowe, G., Rojas-Bracho, L., Secchi, E., Slooten, E., Smith, B.D., Wang, J.Y. , Zerbini, A.N. & Zhou, K. (2012). "Pontoporia blainvillei". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. Retrieved 18 January 2013.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors leet (link) Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of vulnerable.