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Peponocephala electra Gray 1846 (melon-headed whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Delphinidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 63581

Alternative combinations: Lagenorhynchus (Electra) electra, Lagenorhynchus electra

Synonyms: Delphinus (Lagenorhynchus) fusiformis Owen 1866 (no. 102668), Delphinus fusiformis Owen 1866 (no. 102866), Delphinus pectoralis Peale 1848 (no. 112402), Electra asia Gray 1846 (no. 102865), Electra fusiformis Owen 1866 (no. 102867), Electra obtusa Gray 1868 (no. 102864), Lagenorhynchus asia Gray 1846 (no. 93927), Lagenorhynchus fusiformis Owen 1866 (no. 102669)

Full reference: J. E. Gray. 1846. On the cetaceous animals. The zoology of the voyage of H. M. S. Erebus and Terror, under the command of Capt. Sir J. C. Ross, R. N., F. R. S., during the years 1839 to 1843 1 & 2:1-53

Belongs to Peponocephala according to I. Agnarsson and L. J. May-Collado 2008

Sister taxa: none

Type specimens:

  • Peponocephala electra: BMNH unnumbered, a skull (skull)
  • Delphinus (Lagenorhynchus) fusiformis:
  • Delphinus pectoralis:
  • Electra asia:
  • Electra fusiformis:
  • Electra obtusa:

Ecology: ground dwelling piscivore-carnivore