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Mesoplodon medilineatus Owen 1870 (beaked whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 69823

Alternative combinations: Dioplodon medilineatus, Mesoplodon (Dioplodon) medilineatus, Ziphius medilineatus

Full reference: R. Owen. 1870. Monograph of the British fossil Cetacea from the Red Crag. Memoirs of the Palaeontological Society 23

Belongs to Mesoplodon according to G Bianucci 1997

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 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: Its type locality is Felixstow, which is in a Gelasian foreshore horizon in the Red Crag Formation of the United Kingdom

Ecology: scansorial piscivore-carnivore