Latin name

Stenella coeruleoalba

Other names

Euphrosyne dolphin


It is distinguished from other dolphins by the presence of lateral stripes. It has a slender body with a long dark beak, a narrow forehead and a smooth slope, with a distinct fold separating the forehead from the beak. 

Features of fish fins

The dorsal fin is curved and the flippers are small and thin with pointed tips.

Fish colouring

The underside is white, bluish or pink. One or two black stripes surround the eyes and run down the back to the fin. These stripes are the same width as the fin. Two more black stripes run behind the ear - one is short and ends just above the fin. The other is longer and thicker along the sides until it curls under the belly just before the base of the tail. Above these stripes, the dolphin's sides are light blue or grey. All appendages are also black.


It inhabits temperate or tropical coastal waters. It is common in the North and South Atlantic, including the Mediterranean, and sightings have been reported in the Sea of Marmara and the Gulf of Mexico, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. 


Has been found in water temperatures between 10 and 26°C, although the standard range is 18-22°C. 


At birth, individuals weigh about 10 kg (22 lb) and reach one metre (3 ft) in length. By adulthood, they grow to 2.4 m (females) or 2.6 m (males) and weigh 150 kg (330 lb) (female) or 160 kg (352 lb) (male). Life expectancy is about 55-60 years.


Travels in large groups, usually up to thousands of individuals. Groups may be smaller in the Mediterranean and Atlantic. They can also mix with common dolphins. Like all dolphins, striped dolphins can perform acrobatic tricks - often overcoming obstacles and jumping well above the water's surface. 

Food and feeding habits

They feed on fish, krill, octopus and squid. Mediterranean dolphins appear to feed mainly on cephalopod molluscs (50-100% of stomach contents), while north-east Atlantic dolphins mostly prey on fish, usually cod. They can dive to depths of up to 700m to hunt deeper dwellers. 


Mediterranean females reach sexual maturity at 12 years and Pacific females at seven to nine years. Pregnancy lasts about 12 months with a three to four year interval between calves.


Before the introduction of quotas, it suffered from Japanese fishing, now it suffers from nets, noise and pollution (Mediterranean population). The total population of striped dolphins exceeds 2 million individuals.

Human interaction

Good for training, taking food from hands, jumping through a hoop.

Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Squad Artiodactyla
Family Delphinidae
Genus Stenella
Species S. coeruleoalba
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years 60
Maximum body weight, kg 160
Maximum length, cm 260
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Not edible
Way of eating Predator

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Striped dolphin

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