Herpetocetus bramblei Whitmore and Barnes 2008 (whale)

Mammalia - Mysticeti - Cetotheriidae

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

See also Bisconti et al. 2013, Boessenecker 2013, El Adli et al. 2014, Gol'din and Steeman 2015, Marx and Fordyce 2015, Steeman 2010, Tanaka et al. 2018 and Whitmore and Barnes 2008

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

Type specimen: UCMP 82465, a partial skull (left half of a braincase). Its type locality is Opal Cliffs 1, which is in a Messinian/Zanclean open shallow subtidal sandstone in the Purisima Formation of California.

Ecology: aquatic carnivore-suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Miocene to Pliocene of United States (1: California collection)

• Miocene of United States (1: California)

Total: 2 collections each including a single occurrence

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