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Family Physeteridae Gray 1821 (sperm whale)

Osteichthyes - Odontoceti

Invalid subtaxa: Catodontidae Cuvier 1836, Orca semseyi Bockh 1899 [invalid subgroup], Orcinus semseyi Bockh 1899 [invalid subgroup], Orcopsis Van Beneden 1876 [nomen dubium], Palaeophoca Van Beneden 1859 [nomen nudum], Paleophoca Van Beneden 1859 [nomen nudum], Physeter antiquus Leidy 1853 [nomen dubium], Physeterina Gray 1825, Physetodon McCoy 1879 [nomen dubium], Physiter antiquus Leidy 1853 [nomen dubium], Physodontidae Lydekker 1894 [invalid subgroup], Physotherium Portis 1886 [nomen dubium], Priscophyseter Portis 1886 [nomen dubium], Scaldicetus lodgei Chapman 1917 [nomen dubium], Ziphioides Probst 1886 [nomen dubium], Ziphiola Vanden Broeck 1874 [nomen nudum]

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: Acrophyseter, Balaenodon, Brygmophyseter, Eudelphis, Kogiidae, Livyatan, Orycterocetus, Placoziphius, Scaldicetus

Subtaxa: Aulophyseter, Aulophyseterinae, Diaphorocetus, Ferecetotherium, Hoplocetinae, Idiophyseter, Kogiopsis, Physeter, Physeterinae, Physeterula

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Ecology: aquatic piscivore-carnivore