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Family Physeteridae Gray 1821 (sperm whale)

Osteichthyes - Odontoceti

Synonyms: Catodontidae Cuvier 1836, Physeterina Gray 1825

Full reference: J. E. Gray. 1821. On the natural arrangement of vertebrose animals. The London Medical Repository Monthly Journal and Review 15:296-310

Parent taxon: Physeteroidea according to J. H. Geisler et al. 2011

Sister taxa: Balaenodon, Kogiidae, Scaldicetus

Subtaxa: Anarnak, Aulophyseter, Aulophyseterinae, Delphinorhynchus, Ferecetotherium, Hoplocetinae, Idiophyseter, Kogiopsis, Orca semseyi, Orcopsis, Paleophoca, Physeter, Physeter antiquus, Physeterinae, Physeterula, Physodontidae, Physotherium, Scaldicetus lodgei, Ziphioides, Ziphiola

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Ecology: aquatic piscivore-carnivore