The mating system of M. layardii has not been observed.
Little is known about their reproductive behavior. It is thought that mating occurs in summer and calving occurs in summer to autumn after a 9 to 12 month gestation period.
Breeding interval: Strap-toothed whales breed once per year.
Breeding season: Breeding apparently occurs in the summer.
Average number of offspring: 1.
Range gestation period: 9 to 12 months.
Key Reproductive Features: iteroparous ; seasonal breeding ; gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate); fertilization ; viviparous
There have been no studies of parental care in M. layardii. However, groups consisiting of a single female with calf pairs are often observed. In general, newborn cetaceans are precocial. They are able to follow the mother from birth. Although the female nurses the offspring, the duration of lactation is not known for this species. The role of the male in parental care is likewize unknown.
Parental Investment: no parental involvement; precocial ; pre-fertilization (Protecting: Female); pre-hatching/birth (Provisioning: Female, Protecting: Female); pre-weaning/fledging (Provisioning: Female, Protecting: Female); pre-independence (Protecting: Female)
- Bannister, J., C. Kemper, R. Warnke. 2001. "The Action Plan for Australian Cetaceans" (On-line ). Accessed 11/04/02 at http://www.ea.gov.au/coasts/species/cetaceans/actionplan/whaleap5z.html.