Twin foetuses in an Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus) stranded on the coast of Scotland, UK

NJ Davison, MTI Ten Doeschate, MP Dagleish, FL Read, RJ Reid, G Foster, A Brownlow, J Barley

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The present study is the first record of twinning in Lagenorhynchus acutus and indeed any Lagenorhynchus sp. Both foetuses were male and located in the left uterine horn, had distinct grossly normal placentas and amniotic sacs, and were therefore likely dizygotic twins. The twins were an incidental finding in an animal that died of a systemic Brucella ceti infection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841 - 844
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Issue number4
Publication statusFirst published - 9 Feb 2016


  • Lagenorhynchus acutus
  • Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme
  • Twins
  • UK

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