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Grampus griseus Cuvier 1812 (Risso's dolphin)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Delphinidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 63557

Alternative combination: Delphinus griseus

Synonyms: Delphinus rissoanus Demarest 1822 (no. 64831), Globicephalus chinensis Gray 1866 (no. 102708), Grampus cuvieri Gray 1846 (no. 93903), Grampus griseus richardsoni Gray 1850 (no. 146490), Grampus griseus sakamata Gray 1846 (no. 146489), Grampus richardsonii Gray 1850 (no. 102690), Grampus rissoanus Demarest 1822 (no. 93904), Grampus sakamata Gray 1846 (no. 93905)

Belongs to Grampus according to W. F. Perrin et al. 2013

Sister taxa: none

Subtaxa: Grampus griseus sowerbianus, Grampus griseus stearnsi

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Type specimens:

  • Grampus griseus: MNHN, a skull (stuffed skin and skull). Its type locality is Brest, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in France.
  • Delphinus rissoanus: Its type locality is Castries, which is in a Miocene marine horizon in France.
  • Globicephalus chinensis:
  • Grampus cuvieri:
  • Grampus richardsonii:
  • Grampus sakamata:

Ecology: scansorial piscivore-carnivore

Average measurements (in mm): humerus length 93.6, scapula length 188.0

Estimated body mass: 260.9 kg based on humerus length