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Mesoplodon bidens Sowerby 1804 (beaked whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 69088

Alternative combination: Physeter bidens

Synonyms: Aodon dalei Lesson 1828 (no. 93754), Delphinorhynchus micropterus Cuvier 1829 (no. 93897), Delphinorhynchus sowerbyi Desmarest 1822 (no. 94000), Delphinus dalei Lesson 1827 (no. 94003), Delphinus micropterus Cuvier 1829 (no. 93896), Delphinus sowerbensis de Blainville 1817 (no. 129546), Delphinus sowerbiensis Blainville 1817 (no. 64476), Delphinus sowerbyi Desmarest 1822 (no. 93999), Heterodon dalei Lesson 1827 (no. 94002), Mesodiodon micropterum Cuvier 1829 (no. 110435), Mesoplodon sowerbiensis Blainville 1817 (no. 64477), Mesoplodon sowerbyi Desmarest 1822 (no. 110432), Micropteron micropterus Cuvier 1829 (no. 113227), Micropteron sowerbiensis Blainville 1817 (no. 113228), Ziphius micropterus Cuvier 1829 (no. 113249), Ziphius sowerbensis Blainville 1817 (no. 182355), Ziphius sowerbiensis Blainville 1817 (no. 93894), Ziphius sowerbii Blainville 1817 (no. 113250)

Belongs to Mesoplodon according to I. Agnarsson and L. J. May-Collado 2008

Sister taxa: 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 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 specimens:

  • Mesoplodon bidens: University of Oxford museum, a skeleton. Its type locality is Brodie House, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in the United Kingdom.
  • Aodon dalei:
  • Delphinus micropterus:
  • Delphinus sowerbensis:
  • Heterodon dalei:
  • Mesoplodon sowerbiensis:
  • Mesoplodon sowerbyi:

Ecology: ground dwelling piscivore-carnivore

Average measurements (in mm): humerus length 137.0, scapula length 192.0

Estimated body mass: 892.7 kg based on humerus length