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Kingdom: Animalia

PhylumChordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Cetartiodactyla

Family: Dephinidae

Genus: Cephalorhynchus

Species: hectori

Subspecies: hectori  (South Island) and maui (North Island)These sub-species were first identified by Backer, Smith and Pichler (2002). The Maui subspecies has no overlap in maternal lineage  (based on mitochondrial DNA) with the South Island subspecies (Pichler et al., 1998) and genetic differences over such a small geographic area have not been observed elsewhere in any other marine mammals (Dawson et al buy cialis., 2001).