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Mesoplodon slangkopi Bianucci et al. 2007 (beaked whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 113826

Full reference: G. Bianucci, O. Lambert, and K. Post. 2007. A high diversity in fossil beaked whales (Mammalia, Odontoceti, Ziphiidae) recovered by trawling from the sea floor off South Africa. Geodiversitas 29(4):561-618

Belongs to Mesoplodon according to O. Lambert and S. Louwye 2016

Sister taxa: 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 stejnegeri, Mesoplodon traversii, Mesoplodon tumidirostris, Ziphius gibbus, Ziphius tenuirostris, Ziphius (Dolichodon) geelongensis

Type specimen: SAM PQ 2069, a partial skull (partial skull including the deeply worn rostrum base, the premaxillary sac fossae, and the vertex). Its type locality is Slangkop, which is in a Miocene/Pliocene marine phosphorite in South Africa.

Ecology: scansorial piscivore-carnivore