COMMON NAME: VAQUITA, COCHITO KINGDOM: ANIMALIA CLASS: MAMMALS ORDEN: CETACEA GENUS SPECIES: PHOCOENA SIN US (PORPOIS OF THE GOLF)
DESCRIPTION: HAVE A STRONG BODIES WITH ROUNDED HEAD AND NO BEAK. BLACK PATCHES AROUND THEIR EYEE AND LIPS. SMALL SPADE-SHAPED THEETH. TRIANGLE-SHAPED DORSAL FINS IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR BACKS COLOR: VARIOUS SHADES OF GRAY.
RANGE: The core are of ocuppancy is only around 3000 square kilometers. HABITAT: Lives in relatively shallow (50 meters) turbid and dynamic marine enviroment. POPULATION: The total in 2019 numbered around 22 may remain in the wild. aquita is critically endangered since 2008.
VAQUITAS only LIVE in the northern end of Mexico´s Gulf of California. SIZE: LENGHT ABOUT 144CM. Mature males tend to be smaller than females. WEIGHT: Adults weigh up to 46.5kg. (newborn weigh more than 7.5kg) DIET: Feed on a variety of benthicfish such as Gulf croaker and bronze-striped grunts. They are also known to eat squid. LIFE SPAN: To at least 21 years.
BEHAVIOR: They are alone or in small groupsof 2 or 3. is the only porpoise species found in such warms waters.
REPRODUCTION: MATINGS SEASON.- April to May. Gestation: 10-11 months. Number of offsprings: 1 calf.
The cause is incidental mortality in fishing gear, and the future of the species is uncertain.
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