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Neophocaena phocaenoides Cuvier 1829 (finless porpoise)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Phocoenidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 64883

Alternative combinations: Delphinus phocaenoides, Neomeris phocaenoides

Synonyms: Delphinus melas Temminck 1841 (no. 129534), Neophocaena phocaenoides sunameri Piller and Gihr 1975 (no. 129537), Neophocaena sunameri Piller and Gihr 1975 (no. 129538)

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

Sister taxa: none

Subtaxa: Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis, Neophocaena phocaenoides phocaenoides

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Type specimens:

  • Neophocaena phocaenoides: MDHN 3086, a skull. Its type locality is Cape of Good Hope, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in South Africa.
  • Delphinus melas:
  • Neophocaena sunameri:

Ecology: ground dwelling piscivore

Average measurements (in mm): humerus length 59.0, scapula length 73.0

Estimated body mass: 58.9 kg based on humerus length