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Delphinus brachyspondylus Brandt 1873 (toothed whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla

PaleoDB taxon number: 135108

Alternative combinations: Macrochirifer brachyspondylus, Mesocetus brachyspondylus

Synonym: Macrochirifer vindobonensis Brandt 1874 [objective synonym] (taxon 64466)

Full reference: J. F. Brandt. 1873. Untersuchungen über die fossilen und subfossilen cetaceen Europa's. Mémoires de L'Académie Impériale des Sciences de Saint-Petersbourg, Series 7 20(1):1-372

Belongs to Balaenopteridae according to J. Pia 1937

Sister taxa: Agaphelinae, Archaebalaenoptera, Balaena affinis, Balaena definata, Balaena emarginata, Balaena gibbosa, Balaenoptera, Balaenoptera borealina, Balaenoptera musculoides, Balaenoptera portisii, Balaenoptera rostratella, Balaenoptera sibbaldina, Balaenoptera taiwanica, Balaenopterinae, Cetotheriophanes, Diunatans, Eobalaenoptera, Eschrichtiinae, Fragilicetus, Hadrosaurus tripos, Incakujira, Megaptera, Megaptera affinis, Megapterinae, Megapteropsis robusta, Miobalaenoptera, Nehalaennia, Notiocetus, Parabalaenopterinae, Plesiobalaenoptera, Plesiocetus, Praemegaptera, Praemegapterinae, Protororqualus

Type specimens:

  • Delphinus brachyspondylus: Its type locality is Hernals, which is in a Langhian marine sandstone in Austria
  • Macrochirifer vindobonensis:

Ecology: scansorial insectivore