Due to the lack of scarring in M. bowdoini investigators believe that there is no physical competition for partners. Little is known about the mating system of this species.
The only information on the reproductive system of M. bowdoini is from occasional observations of young. The calving season occurs during the summer and autumn.
Breeding season: summer and autumn
Key Reproductive Features: seasonal breeding ; gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate); viviparous
No specific information is available. As mammals, females nurse their young.
Parental Investment: pre-fertilization (Provisioning, Protecting: Female); pre-hatching/birth (Provisioning: Female, Protecting: Female); pre-weaning/fledging (Provisioning: Female)
- 1975. The Toothed Whales. Pp. 457, 496 in B Grzimek, J Liebig, eds. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Vol. Mammals II, Second Edition. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company.
- Reeves, R., B. Stewart, P. Clapham, J. Powell. 2002. Sea Mammals of the World. London: A & C Black.