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Mesoplodon posti Lambert and Louwye 2016 (beaked whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 337094

Full reference: O. Lambert and S. Louwye. 2016. A new early Pliocene species of Mesoplodon: a calibration mark for the radiation of this species- rich beaked whale genus. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology e1055754

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 slangkopi, Mesoplodon stejnegeri, Mesoplodon traversii, Mesoplodon tumidirostris, Ziphius gibbus, Ziphius tenuirostris, Ziphius (Dolichodon) geelongensis

Type specimen: IRSNB M.2169-3799, a partial skull (os- trum and facial area with vertex). Its type locality is Sable Superieur d'Anvers, which is in a Zanclean offshore shelf sandstone in the Kattendijk Formation of Belgium.

Ecology: scansorial piscivore-carnivore