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The dolphins are found in Port Phillip Bay, and the Gippsland Lakes and in waters as far afield as Tasmania and South Australia. Their discovery is cause for much celebration as it is only the third time since the late 19th century that a new dolphin species has been recognised. The new species will be formally named Tursiops Australis.
"This animal has been living right under our noses for so many years, and just with combining those two different technologies, with looking at the skull morphology and the DNA, there's still really exciting discoveries to be made. "The main focus is obviously the conservation of this new species so we can enjoy them for future generations and be able to continue the research,"
Citation: Charlton-Robb K, Gershwin L-a, Thompson R, Austin J, Owen K, et al. (2011) A New Dolphin Species, the Burrunan Dolphin Tursiops australis sp. nov., Endemic to Southern Australian Coastal Waters. PLoS ONE 6(9): e24047. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024047
Editor: Robert C. Fleischer, Smithsonian Institution National Zoological Park, United States of America
Received: January 27, 2011; Accepted: August 4, 2011; Published: September 14, 2011
Copyright: © 2011 Charlton-Robb et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Funding: The research was supported by The Australian Research Council via its Special Research Centre program. The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
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