Peponocephala electra Gray 1846 (melon-headed whale)

Mammalia - Delphinoidea - Delphinidae

Alternative combinations: Lagenorhynchus (Electra) electra, Lagenorhynchus electra

Synonyms: Delphinus (Lagenorhynchus) fusiformis Owen 1866, Delphinus fusiformis Owen 1866, Delphinus pectoralis Peale 1848, Electra asia Gray 1846, Electra fusiformis Owen 1866, Electra obtusa Gray 1868, Lagenorhynchus asia Gray 1846, Lagenorhynchus fusiformis Owen 1866

Full reference: J. E. Gray. 1846. On the cetaceous animals. The zoology of the voyage of H. M. S. Erebus and Terror, under the command of Capt. Sir J. C. Ross, R. N., F. R. S., during the years 1839 to 1843 1 & 2:1-53

Belongs to Peponocephala according to I. Agnarsson and L. J. May-Collado 2008

See also BolaƱos and Villaroel-Marin 2003, Gray 1846, Gray 1850, Gray 1866, Gray 1866, Gray 1868, Hershkovitz 1966, Jefferson and Barros 1997, Mead and Brownell 2005, Owen 1866, Perrin et al. 2013, Rice 1998, Scheffer and Rice 1963, Trouessart 1904 and Vidal 1991

Sister taxa: none

Type specimens:

  • Peponocephala electra: BMNH unnumbered, a skull (skull)
  • Delphinus (Lagenorhynchus) fusiformis:
  • Delphinus pectoralis:
  • Electra asia:
  • Electra fusiformis:
  • Electra obtusa:

Ecology: aquatic piscivore-carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Angola (1 collection), Brazil (1), India (1), Japan (1), Mexico (1), New Caledonia (2), New Zealand (1), Peru (1), Tanzania (1), United States (1: Florida), Western Sahara (1)

Total: 12 collections each including a single occurrence

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