Nothing is known about the reproduction of M. stejnegeri, although it is speculated that litter size is one and parturition occurs in the spring and summer.
Range number of offspring: 1 (low) .
Average number of offspring: 1.
Key Reproductive Features: iteroparous ; seasonal breeding ; gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate); fertilization ; viviparous
Although parental investment in this species has not been documented, because these animals are mammals we can infer that females provide a great deal of parental care. They are likely to provide their young with protection as well as food, in the form of milk, until the calves are able to care for themselves.
Parental Investment: pre-fertilization (Provisioning, Protecting: Female); pre-hatching/birth (Provisioning: Female, Protecting: Female); pre-weaning/fledging (Provisioning: Female, Protecting: Female); pre-independence (Protecting: Female)
- Loughlin, T., M. Perez. 13 December 1985. Mesoplodon stejnegeri. Mammalian Species, No. 250: pp. 1-6.