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Mesoplodon hectori Gray 1871 (beaked whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 81907

Alternative combinations: Berardius hectori, Paikea hectori

Synonym: Mesoplodon knoxi Hector 1873 (taxon 129549)

Belongs to Mesoplodon according to O. Lambert and S. Louwye 2016

Sister taxa: Mesoplodon bidens, Mesoplodon bononiensis, Mesoplodon bowdoini, Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, Mesoplodon danconae, Mesoplodon densirostris, Mesoplodon europaeus, Mesoplodon ginkgodens, Mesoplodon grayi, Mesoplodon hotaula, Mesoplodon lawleyi, Mesoplodon layardii, Mesoplodon longirostris, Mesoplodon medilineatus, Mesoplodon meneghinii, Mesoplodon mirus, Mesoplodon perrini, Mesoplodon peruvianus, Mesoplodon posti, Mesoplodon slangkopi, Mesoplodon stejnegeri, Mesoplodon traversii, Mesoplodon tumidirostris, Ziphius gibbus, Ziphius tenuirostris, Ziphius (Dolichodon) geelongensis

Type specimens:

  • Mesoplodon hectori: Its type locality is Waitangi Beach, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in New Zealand
  • Mesoplodon knoxi:

Ecology: ground dwelling piscivore-carnivore

Average measurements (in mm): humerus length 136.0, skull 610.1 x 256.6

Estimated body mass: 871.8 kg based on humerus length