Mesoplodon layardii Gray 1865 (strap-toothed whale)

Mammalia - Odontoceti - Ziphiidae

Alternative combinations: Dolichodon layardii, Mesoplodon (Dolichodon) layardi, Mesoplodon layardi, Ziphius layardii

Synonyms: Mesoplodon floris Lydekker 1887, Mesoplodon floweri Lydekker 1887, Mesoplodon guntheri Krefft 1871, Mesoplodon longirostris Gray 1873, Mesoplodon thomsoni Ogilby 1896

Belongs to Mesoplodon according to B. Ramassamy 2016

See also Abel 1905, Agnarsson and May-Collado 2008, Gray 1866, Gray 1868, Gray 1873, Hershkovitz 1966, Lambert et al. 2018, Lambert and Louwye 2016, Mead 1989, Mead and Brownell 2005, Moore 1968, Newton 1890, Newton 1891, Oliver 1922, Owen 1870, Scheffer and Rice 1963, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, Turner 1912, Van Beneden and Gervais 1880 and van Helden et al. 2002

Sister taxa: Mesoplodon bidens, Mesoplodon bononiensis, Mesoplodon bowdoini, Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, Mesoplodon danconae, Mesoplodon densirostris, Mesoplodon europaeus, Mesoplodon ginkgodens, Mesoplodon grayi, Mesoplodon hectori, Mesoplodon hotaula, Mesoplodon lawleyi, 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 layardii: BMNH 69.4.5.2, a skull. Its type locality is Cape of Good Hope, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in South Africa.
  • Mesoplodon floweri: Its type locality is Felixstow, which is in a Gelasian foreshore horizon in the Red Crag Formation of the United Kingdom.
  • Mesoplodon guntheri:
  • Mesoplodon longirostris:
  • Mesoplodon thomsoni:

Ecology: aquatic piscivore-carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of South Africa (1 collection)

• Miocene to Holocene of French Southern Territories (3)

Total: 4 collections each including a single occurrence

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