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Mesoplodon lawleyi Capellini 1885 (beaked whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 69826

Alternative combinations: Dioplodon lawley, Dioplodon lawleyi, Mesoplodon (Dioplodon) lawley

Full reference: G. Capellini. 1885. Resti fossili di Dioplodon e Mesoplodon. Memorie della R. Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna 6:289-306

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 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: MB uncataloged, a maxilla (fragment of rostrum). Its type locality is Volterra, which is in a Piacenzian coastal claystone/sandstone in Italy.

Ecology: scansorial piscivore-carnivore