Physeter Linnaeus 1758 (sperm whale)

Mammalia - Odontoceti - Physeteridae

Synonyms: Catodon Linnaeus 1761, Cetus Billberg 1828, Meganeuron Gray 1866, Megistosaurus Godman 1827, Orthodon Rafinesque 1815, Physalus Lacépède 1804

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Editio Decima 1:1-824

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

See also Abel 1919, Agnarsson and May-Collado 2008, Ameghino 1889, Barnes 1977, Benton 1993, Berta 2017, Brandt 1873, Carroll 1988, Cope 1890, Dal Piaz 1929, De Kay 1842, Ellerman and Morrisson-Scott 1951, Fordyce 1982, Fordyce and de Muizon 2001, Fraser and Purves 1960, Geisler et al. 2011, Geisler and Sanders 2003, Gill 1871, Gill 1871, Gill 1872, Gray 1821, Gray 1825, Gray 1846, Gray 1850, Gray 1863, Gray 1864, Gray 1866, Gray 1868, Harlan 1828, Hay 1902, Hay 1930, Hershkovitz 1966, Illiger 1811, Kasuya 1973, Kazár 2002, Linnaeus 1758, Lydekker 1887, Marx et al. 2016, McKenna and Bell 1997, Mead and Brownell 2005, Miller 1923, Muizon 1991, Newton 1891, Ormezzano and Lanzetti 2014, Palmer 1904, Paquier 1894, Pictet 1853, Pilleri 1987, Rhoads 1903, Rice 1998, Romero-Herrera et al. 1973, Scammon and Cope 1869, Scheffer and Rice 1963, Sepkoski 2002, Sherman 1952, Simpson 1945, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, Turner 1912, Velez-Juarbe et al. 2015, Vidal 1991, Weber 1928 and Zittel 1925

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

Subtaxa: Physeter antiquus Physeter macrocephalus Physeter vetus

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Ecology: aquatic carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Angola (1 collection), Antarctica (1), Brazil (1), Denmark (2), France (1), French Polynesia (1), Greenland (1), India (1), Italy (3), Japan (2), Morocco (1), the Netherlands (1), New Caledonia (17), New Zealand (1), Peru (1), Portugal (1), Somalia (1), Spain (1), Svalbard and Jan Mayen (1), the United Kingdom (3), United States (6: California, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina)

• Pliocene of Australia (3), France (1), Italy (3), South Africa (1), Ukraine (1), United States (1: North Carolina)

• Miocene to Pleistocene of the Netherlands (1)

• Neogene of France (1)

• Miocene of Australia (1), United States (1: New Jersey)

Total: 62 collections including 64 occurrences

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