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Orycterocetus Leidy 1853 (sperm whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Physeteridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 36788

Synonym: Gargantuodon Ginsburg 1969 (taxon 64787)

Full reference: J. Leidy. 1853. [Observations on extinct Cetacea]. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences 6:377-378

Parent taxon: Physeteridae according to A. Collareta et al. 2017

Sister taxa: Aulophyseter, Aulophyseterinae, Diaphorocetus, Hoplocetinae, Idiophyseter, Idiorophus, Kogiopsis, Orca semseyi, Orcopsis, Paleophoca, Physeter, Physeterinae, Physeterula, Physodontidae, Physotherium, Placoziphius, Scaldicetus lodgei, Ziphioides, Ziphiola

Subtaxa: Orycterocetus cornutidens, Orycterocetus crocodilinus, Orycterocetus quadratidens

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Type: Orycterocetus quadratidens

Ecology: ground dwelling piscivore-carnivore