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Herpetocetus transatlanticus Whitmore and Barnes 2008 (whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Cetotheriidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 114673

Full reference: F. C. Whitmore and L. G. Barnes. 2008. The Herpetocetinae, a new subfamily of extinct baleen whales (Mammalia, Cetacea, Cetotheriidae). Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publication 14:141-180

Belongs to Herpetocetus according to F. G. Marx et al. 2016

Sister taxa: Herpetocetus bramblei, Herpetocetus morrowi, Herpetocetus scaldiensis, Herpetocetus sendaicus, Mizuhoptera kanayaensis, Mizuhoptera fujinensis

Type specimen: USNM 182962, a partial skull (partial cranium). Its type locality is Lee Creek Mine, Yorktown Formation, which is in a Zanclean estuary/bay sandstone in the Yorktown Formation of North Carolina.

Ecology: aquatic carnivore-suspension feeder