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Lauleh Aslani-Amoli Section 5 Bio 120 Adopt-a-Taxon Paper 1 I have chosen the taxon family Delphinidae. I have chosen to do my paper on this particular taxon because dolphins are my favorite animal and I find them to be fascinating creatures. In my opinion dolphins are very intelligent animals. Dolphins are the friendliest animals and are very obedient. When you go to a dolphin show you see that the dolphins listen to exactly what their instructor tells them to do, with the reward of a fish at the end of their trick. Dolphins are members of Kingdon Animilia, Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia, Order Cetecea, and Family Delphinidae. These aquatic mammals are related to whales and porpoises. They are found worldwide, mostly in the
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Unformatted text preview: shallower seas of the continental shelves. The Delphinidae are the most diverse of the cetacean families, with numerous variations between species. They range in size from 1.2 meters and 40 up to 7 meters and 4.5 tones (the Orca). Most species weigh between about 50 and about 200 kg. They typically have a curved dorsal fin, a clear 'beak' at the front of the head, and a forehead. They have a wide range of colors and patterns. Most delphinids primarily eat fish, along with a smaller number of squid and small crustaceans, but some species specialize in eating squid, or, in the case of the Orca, also eat marine mammals. All delphinids are carnivores....
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