Sri Lankan Marine Mammals Checklist

Sub-order Mysticeti
Family Balaenopteridae

1.   Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
2.   Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)
3.   Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni)
4.   Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
5.   Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Sub-order Odontoceti
Family Physeteridae

6.   Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

Family Kogiidae
7.   Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps)
8.   Dwarf Sperm Whale (Kogia simus)

Family Ziphiidae
9.   Cuvier’s Beaked Whale (Ziphius cavirostris)
10. Ginkgo-toothed Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon ginkgodens)
11. Southern Bottlenose Whale (Hyperoodon planifrons)
12. Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)
13. False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
14. Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata)
15. Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra)
16. Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhyncus)
17. Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus)
18. Rough-toothed Dolphin (Steno bredanensis)
19. Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin (Sousa chinensis)
20. Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
21. Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis)
22. Fraser’s Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei)
23. Long-snouted Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris)
24. Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata)
25. Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)

Family Phocoenidae
26. Finless Dolphin (Neophocaena phocaenoides)

Ilangakoon, A. (2002). Whales & Dolphins Sri Lanka. WHT Publications (Private) Ltd. Colombo. 99 pages. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. Illustrations by Prasanna Weerakkody. ISBN 955-9114-28-X.