Platanista minor currently exists only in the freshwater Indus River. However, some paleontologists believe that river dolphins might have evolved from marine-dwelling relatives that eventually moved to estuaries and then rivers as seawater levels rose and fell during the Miocene. Though this species prefers water deeper than 3 meters, Indus River dolphins have special adaptations such as swimming on their sides that enable them to exist in shallower waters as well. The temperature of the water ranges from 8-33 degrees C.
Range elevation: 0 to 250 m.
Range depth: 3 to 9 m.
Habitat Regions: freshwater
Aquatic Biomes: benthic ; rivers and streams; brackish water