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Mesoplodon grayi Haast 1876 (beaked whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 81913

Synonyms: Berardius hectori Hector 1874 (no. 142141), Mesoplodon australis Flower 1878 (no. 129548), Mesoplodon haasti Flower 1878 (no. 125841)

Belongs to Mesoplodon according to B. Ramassamy 2016

Sister taxa: Mesoplodon bidens, Mesoplodon bononiensis, Mesoplodon bowdoini, Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, Mesoplodon danconae, Mesoplodon densirostris, Mesoplodon europaeus, Mesoplodon ginkgodens, Mesoplodon hectori, 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 grayi: Its type locality is Saltwater Creek, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in New Zealand
  • Berardius hectori: Its type locality is Waitangi Beach, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in New Zealand.
  • Mesoplodon australis:
  • Mesoplodon haasti:

Ecology: ground dwelling piscivore-carnivore