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Mesoplodon danconae Lawley 1876 (beaked whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 68005

Alternative combinations: Dioplodon danconae, Mesoplodon danconai, Micropteron danconae

Full reference: R. Lawley. 1876. Nuovi studi sopra i pesci ed altri vertebrati fossili delle colline Toscane 1-122

Belongs to Mesoplodon according to G Bianucci 1997

Sister taxa: Mesoplodon bidens, Mesoplodon bononiensis, Mesoplodon bowdoini, Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, 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 slangkopi, Mesoplodon stejnegeri, Mesoplodon traversii, Mesoplodon tumidirostris, Ziphius gibbus, Ziphius tenuirostris, Ziphius (Dolichodon) geelongensis

Type specimen: lost, a mandible (fragment of right mandibular ramus with tooth). Its type locality is Volterra, which is in a Piacenzian coastal claystone/sandstone in Italy.

Ecology: scansorial piscivore-carnivore