The morphology of the oesophagus and stomach has been studied in several species of Tursiops, Delphinus and Stenella and correlated with the histological and ultrastructural characteristics of each region. The oesophagus opens into a saccular forestomach, lined by stratified squamous epithelium. A narrow opening leads into a globular main stomach with a plicated glandular mucous membrane possessing mucous, parietal and chief cells. The main stomach communicates with pyloric stomach by a narrow connecting channel possessing sphincteric constrictions. Variations in the connecting channel have been found in the species examined. The mucosae of the channel and the pyloric stomach are similar and contain typical pyloric glands. Argentaffin cells are present. The cytological and other characteristics of the component chambers have been interpreted in relation to feeding habits and digestion in dolphins.