Hector's dolphin, little pied dolphin, Maui's dolphin
Hector's dolphins are the world's smallest and rarest dolphins.
The North Island Hector's dolphin has recently been reclassified as a subspecies called Maui's dolphin: Cephalorhyncus hectori maui.
Body length: 1.2-1.5m, Weight: 35-60kg.
Hector's dolphins have a silvery grey melon region, but their flippers, fins and sides of their head are light grey. They have white markings as in Heaviside's dolphins, and have a dark grey, rounded dorsal fin.
Hector's dolphins live in the waters off New Zealand.
Hector's dolphins feed on fish and squid.
Hector's dolphins can occur in schools of up to 100, but generally they live in groups of 2-8.
Hector's dolphins are classified as Endangered by the 2000 IUCN Red List, with an estimated population of 3,000-4,000. Maui's dolphins have an estimated population of about 100 and are the rarest marine dolphins in the world. They are listed as Critically Endangered and threats include set-netting.
Hector's dolphins are often drowned in nets.