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Physeter Linnaeus 1758 (sperm whale)

Osteichthyes - Odontoceti - Physeteridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 36807

Synonyms: Catodon Linnaeus 1761 (no. 68903), Cetus Billberg 1828 (no. 129540), Meganeuron Gray 1866 (no. 69805), Megistosaurus Godman 1827 (no. 121597), Orthodon Rafinesque 1815 (no. 121582), Physalus Lacépède 1804 (no. 129541)

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Editio Decima 1:1-824

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

Sister taxa: Aulophyseter, Aulophyseterinae, Hoplocetinae, Idiophyseter, Idiorophus, Kogiopsis, Orca semseyi, Orcopsis, Orycterocetus, Paleophoca, Physeter antiquus, Physeterinae, Physeterula, Physodontidae, Physotherium, Placoziphius, Scaldicetus lodgei, Ziphioides, Ziphiola

Subtaxa: Physeter antiquus, Physeter macrocephalus, Physeter vetus

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Ecology: aquatic carnivore