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Porpoises
Temporal range: Mid Miocene to Recent
Phocoena phocoena, Harbour porpoise at the Fjord & Bæltcentret in Denmark
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Suborder: Odontoceti
Family: Phocoenidae
Gray, 1825

Porpoises are mammals that live in the ocean. They are in the order Cetacea. They form the family Phocoenidae. There are six species of porpoise.

Taxonomy

  • Family Phocoenidae:
    • Finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides)
    • Vaquita (Phocoena sinus)
    • Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)
    • Burmeister's porpoise (Phocoena spinipinnis)
    • Spectacled porpoise (Phocoena dioptrica)
    • Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)

Appearance

Porpoises look much like dolphins, but they are different in some ways: They are smaller and more stout. They have spade-shaped teeth, rounded heads, blunt jaws, and triangular dorsal fins.

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