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Mesoplodon densirostris Blainville 1817 (beaked whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Ziphiidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 82039

Alternative combinations: Delphinus densirostris, Dioplodon densirostris, Mesodiodon densirostre, Mesoplodon (Dioplodon) densirostris, Ziphius densirostris

Synonyms: Dioplodon sechellensis Gray 1846 (no. 102716), Ziphius sechellensis Gray 1846 (no. 93895), Ziphius seychellensis Gray 1846 (no. 129547)

Full reference: H. M. D. Blainville. 1817. Delphinorhynques. Nouveau Dictionnaire d'Histoire Naturelle 9:151-152

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

Sister taxa: Mesoplodon bidens, Mesoplodon bononiensis, Mesoplodon bowdoini, Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, Mesoplodon danconae, Mesoplodon europaeus, Mesoplodon ginkgodens, Mesoplodon grayi, 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 densirostris: MNHM unnumbered specimen, a maxilla (rostrum). Its type locality is Oiso Beach, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in Japan.
  • Ziphius seychellensis:

Ecology: ground dwelling piscivore-carnivore