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Physeter vetus Leidy 1869 (sperm whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Physeteridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 105119

Alternative combinations: Catodon vetus, Physeter antiquus vetus

Synonyms: Physeter antiquus Leidy 1853 [objective synonym] (no. 63667), Physiter antiquus Leidy 1853 [objective synonym] (no. 113636)

Full reference: J. Leidy. 1869. The extinct mammalian fauna of Dakota and Nebraska, including an account of some allied forms from other localities, together with a synopsis of the mammalian remains of North America. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia 2:1-472

Belongs to Physeter according to O. P. Hay 1930

Sister taxa: Physeter antiquus, Physeter macrocephalus

Type specimens:

  • Physeter vetus: ANSP 11258, a set of teeth
  • Physeter antiquus: ANSP 12076, a set of teeth (portions of three teeth and fragments of two tympanic bones). Its type locality is Ashley River, Pleistocene, which is in a Pleistocene marine horizon in South Carolina.

Ecology: aquatic carnivore