How many species of dolphins are there?

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How many species of dolphins are there?

There are currently around 40 species of dolphin in existence in the wild which belong to
17 different taxonomical genera. This is a number which is subject to change as there
are currently debates surrounding whether all killer whales actually belong to the same
species, or whether there are different variations of them.

Below is a list of the most common species of dolphin in the world:

Albino Dolphin, Amazon River Dolphin, Atlantic Hump-Backed Dolphin, Atlantic Spotted
Dolphin. Atlantic White Sided Dolphin, Black Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Chinese River
Dolphin,  Common Dolphin, Dusky Dolphin, Ganges River Dolphin, Hour Glass Dolphin,
Hump-Back Dolphins, Indus River Dolphin, Irrawaddy Dolphin, Killer Whale (Orca), La
Plata River Dolphin, Moray Firth Dolphin, North Island Hector’s Dolphin, Pacific White-
sided Dolphin,  Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin, Striped Dolphin, White
Beaked Dolphin.

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