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Ganges river dolphin

(Platanista gangetica)

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Description

The South Asian river dolphin (Platanista gangetica) is a freshwater or river dolphin found in the Indian subcontinent which is split into two subspecies,the Ganges river dolphin (1,200-1,800 individuals) (P.g.gangetica) and the Indus river dolphin (P.g.minor).The Ganges river dolphin is primarily found in the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers and their tributaries in Bangladesh,India and Nepal,while the Indus river dolphin is found in the Indus River in Pakistan and its Beas and Sutlej tributaries.From the 1970s until 1998,they were regarded as separate species;however,in 1998,their classification was changed from two separate species to subspecies of a single species (see taxonomy below).The Ganges river dolphin has been recognized by the government of India as its National Aquatic Animal.The Indus river dolphin has been named as the National Mammal of Pakistan.Further,the Ganges river dolphin is the official animal of the Indian city of Guwahati

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Mammalia
Order:Cetacea
Family:Platanistidae
Genus:Platanista
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