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The common dolphin is the name for two species of dolphins that form the genus Delphinus. Taxonomists and cetologists generally recognize two species as the short-beaked dolphin, which retains the systematic name Delphinus delphis, and the long-beaked dolphin Delphinus capensis.
Despite its name, the common dolphin is not the dolphin of the widespread imagination, this image belongs to the bottlenose dolphin because of its widespread use in marine parks and its appearance in the TV series Flipper. However, this dolphin was most frequently represented in the art and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.