Maui’s Dolphin

Common Name:

M?ui dolphin, popoto

Scientific Name:

Cephalorhynchus hectori maui

Wild Status:

IUCN: critically endangered, US Endangered Species Act


coastal waters


New Zealand


open ocean

Life Span:

22 years or more (estimated)


Length: 5-6 ft

Cool Facts:

  • Maui's dolphin is endemic to New Zealand.
  • One to two calves are produced every two to four years.
  • Like other dolphins, the Maui's dolphin uses echolocation to look for food, communicate, and navigate the ocean.
  • With an estimated remaining population of 63 individuals, they are considered one of the most critically endangered dolphins in the world.
  • Maui's dolphin is considered a subspecies of Hector's dolphin.


Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Artiodactyla Infraorder: Cetacea Family: Delphinidae Genus: Cephalorhynchus Species: C. hectori Subspecies: C. h. maui

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