Messapicetus Bianucci et al. 1992 (beaked whale)

Mammalia - Odontoceti - Ziphiidae

Full reference: G. Bianucci, W. Landini, and A. Varola. 1992. Messapicetus longirostris, a new genus and species of Ziphiidae (Cetacea) from the late Miocene of "Pietra leccese" (Apulia, Italy). Bollettino della Societa Paleontologica Italiana 31(2):261-264

Parent taxon: Ziphiidae according to F. G. Marx et al. 2016

See also Berta 2017, Bianucci et al. 2016, Bianucci et al. 2007, Bianucci et al. 2010, Bianucci et al. 1992, Bianucci et al. 1994, Bianucci and Landini 2002, Bianucci and Varola 2014, Fordyce and de Muizon 2001, Lambert 2005, Lambert et al. 2013, McKenna and Bell 1997 and Ramassamy et al. 2018

Sister taxa: Anarnacinae, Anoplonassa, Aporotus, Belemnoziphius, Beneziphius, Berardiinae, Caviziphius, Chavinziphius, Chimuziphius, Choneziphiidae, Dagonodum, Dioplodon senensis, Eboroziphius, Hyperoodontinae, Nenga, Ninoziphius, Notoziphius, Pelycorhamphus, Pterocetus, Rhinostodes, Synostodon, Tasmacetus, Xhosacetus, Ziphiina, Ziphiinae, Ziphiopsis, Ziphirostrum, Indopacetina, Tasmacetina

Subtaxa: Messapicetus gregarius Messapicetus longirostris

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Ecology: aquatic piscivore-carnivore

Distribution:

• Miocene of Italy (2 collections), Peru (4), United States (2: Maryland)

Total: 8 collections each including a single occurrence

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