Mesoplodon grayi Haast 1876 (beaked whale)

Mammalia - Odontoceti - Ziphiidae

Synonyms: Berardius hectori Hector 1874, Mesoplodon australis Flower 1878, Mesoplodon haasti Flower 1878

Belongs to Mesoplodon according to B. Ramassamy 2016

See also Agnarsson and May-Collado 2008, Hershkovitz 1966, Lambert and Louwye 2016, Mead 1989, Mead and Brownell 2005, Moore 1968, Oliver 1922, Rice 1998, Scheffer and Rice 1963 and Trouessart 1904

Sister taxa: Mesoplodon bidens, Mesoplodon bononiensis, Mesoplodon bowdoini, Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, Mesoplodon danconae, Mesoplodon densirostris, Mesoplodon europaeus, Mesoplodon ginkgodens, Mesoplodon hectori, Mesoplodon hotaula, Mesoplodon lawleyi, Mesoplodon layardii, Mesoplodon longirostris, Mesoplodon medilineatus, Mesoplodon meneghinii, Mesoplodon mirus, Mesoplodon perrini, Mesoplodon peruvianus, Mesoplodon posti, Mesoplodon slangkopi, Mesoplodon stejnegeri, Mesoplodon traversii, Mesoplodon tumidirostris, Ziphius gibbus, Ziphius tenuirostris, Ziphius (Dolichodon) geelongensis

Type specimens:

  • Mesoplodon grayi: Its type locality is Saltwater Creek, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in New Zealand
  • Berardius hectori: Its type locality is Waitangi Beach, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in New Zealand.
  • Mesoplodon australis:
  • Mesoplodon haasti:

Ecology: aquatic piscivore-carnivore

Distribution: found only at Saltwater Creek

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