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Herpetocetus Van Beneden 1872 (whale)

Osteichthyes - Mysticeti - Cetotheriidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 36725

Alternative spelling: Erpetocetus

Synonym: Mizuhoptera Hatai et al. 1963 (taxon 63927)

Full reference: P. J. Van Beneden. 1872. Les Baleines fossiles d'Anvers. Bulletins de L'Academie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-arts 34:6-23

Parent taxon: Herpetocetinae according to F. G. Marx et al. 2016

Sister taxon: Nannocetus

Subtaxa: Herpetocetus bramblei, Herpetocetus morrowi, Herpetocetus scaldiensis, Herpetocetus sendaicus, Herpetocetus transatlanticus, Mizuhoptera fujinensis, Mizuhoptera kanayaensis

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Ecology: aquatic carnivore-suspension feeder