||Skull of Hector's Dolphin Cephalorhynchus hectori
Hector's dolphin is one of the most loved of New Zealand animals, and can grow
Up to 1.6m in length. It is only found in New Zealand, and is most abundant
Between Cook Strait, and Foveaux Strait.
Maori names for Hector's, and Maui's dolphin include tutumairekurai, Tupoupou,
Hector's dolphin was named after Sir James Hector (1834-1907). He was the
curator of the Colonial Museum in Wellington (now the Museum of New Zealand
Te Papa Tongarewa). He examined the first specimen found of the dolphin. The
species was scientifically described by Belgain zoologist Pierre-Joseph van Beneden
Hector's Dolphin Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori, the more numerous subspecies,
found around the South Island. Maui's dolphin Cephalorhynchus hectori maui, is
found off the northwest coast of the North Island.
||Eyles, James Roy (Jim)
Brayshaw, Norman Henry