Phocoena sinus

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Related to Phocoena sinus: vaquita, Gulf porpoise, Vaquita porpoise
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Noun1.Phocoena sinus - a short porpoise that lives in the Gulf of California; an endangered species
porpoise - any of several small gregarious cetacean mammals having a blunt snout and many teeth
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The paper, Decline towards extinction of Mexico's vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) by Armando M Jaramillo-Legorreta, Gustavo Cardenas-Hinojosa, Edwyna Nieto-Gardia, Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, Len Thoma, Ja M Ver Hoef, Jeffrey Moore, Barbara Taylor, Jay Barlow and Nicholas Tregenza is published today in Royal Society Open Science, available online.
For example, the recent virtual extinction of the Yangtze River Dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) in China (Smith et al., 2008) and 'critically endangered' status of others, such as the Vaquita, Phocoena sinus (Rojas-Bracho et al., 2008) are evidence of rapidly declining population sizes and uncertain futures of such species worldwide.
Vaquita (scientific name Phocoena sinus) can grow up to 5 feet in length and are one of the six known porpoise species, which along with whales and dolphins make up the cetacean family.