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1 September 2017 Three Cases of Anomalously White Risso's Dolphins Grampus griseus in Japan
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Three male anomalously white Risso's dolphins Grampus griseus were observed in the waters off Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. One (GG-1) was captured alive in 2007, and the other two (GG-2 and GG-3) were captured in 2014. The color pattern of GG-1 is approximately divided into two parts; the middle of the trunk and the lower part of the dorsal fin are white, whereas the anterior and caudal portions have dark pigmentations. GG-2 has an almost white body with some dark pigmentation in the head region, and GG-3 has a completely white body with some sparse dark flecks around the throat. All three dolphins have dark eyes similar to a normally pigmented Risso's dolphin; however, the oral mucosa of GG-2 and GG-3 and the mucosa in the blowhole of GG-3 are white to pinkish in color without any dark pigmentation. Furthermore, the mucosa in the blowhole of GG-2 is a mixture of white patches and dark pigmentation. These three dolphins are the first anomalously white Risso's dolphins to be kept in captivity; therefore they are valuable for understanding the cause of body color variations and the anomalous coloration effects in animals.

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Noriko Funasaka, Tetsuo Kirihata, Masayuki Hosono, Hidehiro Kato, and Seiji Ohsumi "Three Cases of Anomalously White Risso's Dolphins Grampus griseus in Japan," Mammal Study 42(3), 173-178, (1 September 2017). https://doi.org/10.3106/041.042.0307
Received: 23 March 2017; Accepted: 1 June 2017; Published: 1 September 2017
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