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Mesoplodon perrini Dalebout et al. 2002 (beaked whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 113254

Full reference: M. L. Dalebout, J. G. Mead, C. S. Baker, A. N. Baker, and A. L. Helden. 2002. A new species of beaked whale Mesoplodon perrini sp. n. (Cetacea: Ziphiidae) discovered through phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial DNA sequences. Marine Mammal Science 18(3):577-608

Belongs to Mesoplodon according to B. Ramassamy 2016

Sister taxa: Mesoplodon bidens, 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 peruvianus, Mesoplodon posti, Mesoplodon slangkopi, Mesoplodon stejnegeri, Mesoplodon traversii, Mesoplodon tumidirostris, Ziphius gibbus, Ziphius tenuirostris, Ziphius (Dolichodon) geelongensis

Type specimen: USNM 504853, a skeleton. Its type locality is Carlsbad, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in California.

Ecology: ground dwelling piscivore-carnivore

Average measurements (in mm): skull 521.5 x 249.2