Schizodelphis sulcatus Gervais 1853 (toothed whale)

Mammalia - Cetacea - Eurhinodelphinidae

Alternative combinations: Cyrtodelphis sulcatus, Delphinorhynchus sulcatus, Delphinus sulcatus

Synonyms: Champsodelphis dationum Laurillard 1844, Delphinorhynchus dationum Laurillard 1844, Delphinorhynchus desalles Gervais 1853, Delphinus canaliculatus Meyer 1853, Delphinus dationum Laurillard 1844, Delphinus datonium Laurillard 1844, Delphinus pseudodelphis Gervais 1849, Platydelphis canaliculatus Meyer 1853, Platyrhynchus canaliculatus Meyer 1853, Schizodelphis canaliculatus Meyer 1853, Stenodelphis canaliculatus Meyer 1853

Full reference: P. Gervais. 1853. Description de quelques ossements fossiles de phoques et de cétecés. Academie des Sciences et Lettres de Montpellier 2:307-314

Belongs to Schizodelphis according to J. Benoit et al. 2011

See also Abel 1900, Abel 1901, Abel 1905, Barnes and Mitchell 1978, Bianucci and Landini 2002, Brandt 1873, Brandt 1874, Cope 1890, Dal Piaz 1901, Dal Piaz 1916, Dal Piaz 1929, Dal Piaz 1971, Daxner-Hoeck 1971, Du Bus 1872, Gervais 1852, Gervais 1853, Gervais 1859, Gervais 1861, Joleaud 1906, Laurillard 1844, Longhi 1898, Lydekker 1887, Muizon 1988, Paquier 1894, Pictet 1853, Pilleri 1985, Pilleri 1986, Roger 1887, Studer 1898, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, Uhen et al. 2008, Van Beneden 1876, Van Beneden and Gervais 1880 and Vanden Broeck 1874

Sister taxa: Aulacodelphis, Schizodelphis barnesi, Schizodelphis bogatshowi, Schizodelphis compressus, Schizodelphis morckhoviensis, Schizodelphis planus, Schizodelphis squalodontoides

Subtaxa: Schizodelphis sulcatus incurvata

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Type specimens:

  • Schizodelphis sulcatus: MNHN RL 12, a partial skull. Its type locality is Couronsec, which is in a Miocene marine horizon in France.
  • Delphinorhynchus desalles:
  • Delphinus canaliculatus: Its type locality is Baltringen, which is in a Burdigalian marine horizon in Germany.
  • Delphinus dationum: H-GSP 96334, a partial skull (palate fragment with left M2-3, right M1-2). Its type locality is Landes, which is in a Neogene marine horizon in France.
  • Delphinus pseudodelphis: Its type locality is Couronsec, which is in a Miocene marine horizon in France.

Ecology: aquatic carnivore


• Miocene of Austria (2 collections), Egypt (3), France (5), Italy (3), the Netherlands (1), Slovakia (1), Switzerland (4), United States (5: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia)

• Oligocene to Miocene of Switzerland (1)

Total: 25 collections including 26 occurrences

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