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Kogia breviceps Blainville 1838 (pygmy sperm whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Kogiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 64510

Alternative combination: Physeter breviceps

Synonyms: Euphysetes grayii MacLeay 1851 (no. 102367), Euphysetes macleayi Kreft 1865 (no. 102661), Euphysetes pottsii Haast 1873 (no. 137620), Kogia floweri Gill 1871 (no. 103704), Kogia goodie True 1884 (no. 129539), Kogia grayi MacLeay 1851 (no. 103702), Kogia grayii MacLeay 1851 (no. 102368), Kogia macleayi Kreft 1865 (no. 103703), Kogia macleayii Kreft 1865 (no. 102662)

Belongs to Kogia according to J. Velez-Juarbe et al. 2015

Sister taxa: Kogia pusilla, Kogia sima

Subtaxa: Kogia brevirostris

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Type specimens:

  • Kogia breviceps: MNHM unnumbered specimen, a skull. Its type locality is Cape of Good Hope, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in South Africa.
  • Euphysetes grayii:
  • Euphysetes pottsii:
  • Kogia floweri:
  • Kogia goodie:
  • Kogia macleayii:

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Average measurements (in mm): humerus length 104.5, scapula length 190.1

Estimated body mass: 372.5 kg based on humerus length