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Mesoplodon Gervais 1850 (beaked whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 36763

Synonyms: Aodon Lesson 1828 (no. 93753), Callidon Gray 1871 (no. 112493), Dioplodon Gervais 1850 (no. 64654), Diplodon Gray 1866 (no. 112492), Dolichodon Gray 1866 (no. 82036), Mesiodon Gray 1866 (no. 112491), Mesodiodon Duvernoy 1851 (no. 110433), Mesoplodon (Dioplodon) Gervais 1850 (no. 113032), Mesoplodon (Dolichodon) Gray 1866 (no. 113840), Micropteron Eschricht 1849 (no. 112490), Micropterus Wagner 1846 (no. 112489), Neoziphius Gray 1871 (no. 112494), Nodus Wagler 1830 (no. 93752), Oulodon van Haast 1876 (no. 112495), Paikea Oliver 1922 (no. 112496), Ziphius (Dolichodon) Gray 1866 (no. 82035)

Full reference: P. Gervais. 1850. Memoire sur la Famille des cetaces Ziphioides, et plus particulierment sur le Ziphius cavirostris de la Mediterranee. Annales des Sciences Naturales. Partie Zoologique 14:5-17

Parent taxon: Hyperoodontinae according to B. Ramassamy 2016

Sister taxa: Africanacetus, Globicetus, Hyperoodon, Ihlengesi, Imocetus, Indopacetus, Khoikhoicetus, Tusciziphius

Subtaxa: Mesoplodon bidens, Mesoplodon bononiensis, Mesoplodon bowdoini, Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, Mesoplodon danconae, Mesoplodon densirostris, Mesoplodon europaeus, Mesoplodon ginkgodens, Mesoplodon grayi, Mesoplodon hectori, Mesoplodon hotaula, Mesoplodon lawleyi, Mesoplodon layardii, Mesoplodon longirostris, Mesoplodon medilineatus, Mesoplodon meneghinii, Mesoplodon mirus, Mesoplodon perrini, Mesoplodon peruvianus, Mesoplodon posti, Mesoplodon slangkopi, Mesoplodon stejnegeri, Mesoplodon traversii, Mesoplodon tumidirostris, Ziphius (Dolichodon) geelongensis, Ziphius gibbus, Ziphius tenuirostris

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Type: Physeter bidens

Ecology: scansorial piscivore-carnivore