Further names: Portuguese: Falsa-orca-pigmeia; English: Slender pilot whale; Slender blackfish
Size of adults: 2,60 m
Prey: Mainly fish and squid, have been observed hunting and harassing other smaller species of dolphin.
Behaviour: Generally evasive towards boats but will occasionally bow-ride, often seen logging at sea in calm waters.
Range: Tropical and subtropical regions (Pantropical) mainly further offshore. Can also be encountered around oceanic islands.
Madeira: Very rarely encountered.
Distinctive features: Small and slender body with a round head with white lips and a pale chin. Their bodies are dark-coloured with a tall, falcate dorsal fin.
Taxonomy: Suborder: Odontoceti (Toothed whales), Family: Delphinidae (Dolphins)
Threats: Drive hunts in Japan, the Caribbean, Indonesia and Sri Lanka are threatening populations as well as increasing noise pollution and fishing activity. Population size unknown leading to a data deficient listing in the IUCN.