Orycterocetus Leidy 1853 (sperm whale)

Mammalia - Odontoceti - Physeteridae

Synonym: Gargantuodon Ginsburg 1969

Full reference: J. Leidy. 1853. [Observations on extinct Cetacea]. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences 6:377-378

Parent taxon: Physeteridae according to A. Collareta et al. 2017

See also Benton 1993, Berta 2017, Bianucci et al. 2011, Bianucci and Varola 2014, Carroll 1988, Case 1904, Fordyce and de Muizon 2001, Geisler and Sanders 2003, Gill 1871, Ginsburg 1969, Ginsburg and Janvier 1971, Ginsburg and Janvier 1975, Gottfried et al. 1994, Hastings and Dooley 2017, Hay 1902, Hay 1930, Kazár 2002, Kellogg 1928, Lambert 2008, Leidy 1853, Marx et al. 2016, McKenna and Bell 1997, Muizon 1991, Palmer 1904, Sepkoski 2002, Simpson 1945, Trouessart 1898, Uhen et al. 2008, Valerio and Laurito 2012 and Velez-Juarbe et al. 2015

Sister taxa: Aulophyseter, Aulophyseterinae, Diaphorocetus, Hoplocetinae, Idiophyseter, Idiorophus, Kogiopsis, Orca semseyi, Orcopsis, Paleophoca, Physeter, Physeterinae, Physeterula, Physodontidae, Physotherium, Placoziphius, Scaldicetus lodgei, Ziphioides, Ziphiola

Subtaxa: Orycterocetus cornutidens Orycterocetus crocodilinus Orycterocetus quadratidens

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Type: Orycterocetus quadratidens

Ecology: aquatic piscivore-carnivore

Distribution:

• Pliocene of United States (2: North Carolina collections)

• Miocene of Belgium (1), Costa Rica (1), France (7), Germany (1), Italy (2), Malta (2), United States (15: Maryland, Virginia)

Total: 31 collections including 32 occurrences

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