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Bolivian River Dolphin
Bolivian River Dolphin
Information
Range Bolivia
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Iniidae
Genus Inia
Species I. geoffrensis

The Bolivian river dolphin, (Inia geoffrensis boliviensis), a dolphin, is a subspecies of the amazon river dolphin. Although older publications and some recent publications consider the I. g. boliviensis population as distinct species from Inia geoffrensis, much of the scientific community, including the IUCN, consider them to be a subspecies of Inia geoffrensis. Current classification, therefore, considers them a single species, Inia geoffrensis, in the genus Inia, with three recognized subspecies. However, in 2012 the Society for Marine Mammalogy began considering the Bolivian (Inia geoffrensis boliviensis) and Amazonian (Inia geoffrensis geoffrensis) subspecies as full species Inia boliviensis and Inia geoffrensis.

In September 2012, Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted a law to protect the dolphin and declared it a national treasure.

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