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Mesoplodon meneghinii Lawley 1876 (beaked whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 69827

Alternative combinations: Dioplodon meneghinii, Mesoplodon (Dioplodon) meneghinii

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 danconae, Mesoplodon densirostris, Mesoplodon europaeus, Mesoplodon ginkgodens, Mesoplodon grayi, Mesoplodon hectori, Mesoplodon hotaula, Mesoplodon lawleyi, Mesoplodon layardii, Mesoplodon longirostris, Mesoplodon medilineatus, 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 Ponte della Ficajola, which is in a Pliocene marine horizon in Italy

Ecology: scansorial piscivore-carnivore