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Ziphius cavirostris Cuvier 1824 (Cuvier's beaked whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 64703

Synonyms: Aliama desmarestii Risso 1826 (no. 102802), Choneziphius indicus Van Beneden 1863 (no. 113863), Delphinorhynchus australis Burmeister 1865 (no. 129554), Delphinus desmarestii Risso 1826 (no. 93891), Epiodon chathamensis Hector 1873 (no. 129557), Epiodon cryptodon Gray 1868 (no. 102901), Epiodon desmarestii Risso 1826 (no. 102710), Hyperoodon capensis Gray 1865 (no. 102712), Hyperoodon desmarestii Risso 1826 (no. 93892), Hyperoodon doumetii Gray 1846 (no. 93890), Hyperoodon gervaisii Duvernoy 1851 (no. 114708), Hyperoodon semijunctus Cope 1865 (no. 114709), Petrorhynchus capensis Gray 1865 (no. 102713), Petrorhynchus indicus Van Beneden 1863 (no. 102715), Ziphiorrhynchus australis Trouessart 1904 (no. 191902), Ziphiorrhynchus cryptodon Burmeister 1866 (no. 121603), Ziphius australis Trouessart 1904 (no. 146620), Ziphius chathamensis Hector 1873 (no. 146621), Ziphius gervaisii Duvernoy 1851 (no. 114711), Ziphius grebnitzki Stejneger 1883 (no. 146622), Ziphius grebnitzkii Stejneger 1883 (no. 114710), Ziphius indicus Van Beneden 1863 (no. 102714), Ziphius semijunctus Cope 1865 (no. 114712)

Full reference: G. Cuvier. 1824. Recherches sur les ossements fossiles 5(1):1-352

Belongs to Ziphius according to B. Ramassamy 2016

Sister taxon: Ziphius compressus

Type specimens:

  • Ziphius cavirostris: MNHN, no number, a skull. Its type locality is Fos, which is in a Pleistocene coastal horizon in France.
  • Delphinorhynchus australis:
  • Delphinus desmarestii:
  • Epiodon chathamensis:
  • Epiodon cryptodon:
  • Hyperoodon capensis:
  • Hyperoodon doumetii:
  • Hyperoodon gervaisii:
  • Hyperoodon semijunctus:
  • Ziphiorrhynchus cryptodon:
  • Ziphius australis:
  • Ziphius grebnitzkii:
  • Ziphius indicus:

Ecology: ground dwelling piscivore-carnivore

Average measurements (in mm): humerus length 172.0, scapula length 284.0, skull 730.0 x 390.0

Estimated body mass: 1.86 tons based on humerus length