Mesoplodon densirostris Blainville 1817 (beaked whale)

Mammalia - Odontoceti - Ziphiidae

Alternative combinations: Delphinus densirostris, Dioplodon densirostris, Mesodiodon densirostre, Mesoplodon (Dioplodon) densirostris, Ziphius densirostris

Synonyms: Dioplodon sechellensis Gray 1846, Ziphius sechellensis Gray 1846, Ziphius seychellensis Gray 1846

Full reference: H. M. D. Blainville. 1817. Delphinorhynques. Nouveau Dictionnaire d'Histoire Naturelle 9:151-152

Belongs to Mesoplodon according to O. Lambert and S. Louwye 2016

See also Agnarsson and May-Collado 2008, Barnes 1977, Blainville 1817, Gervais 1859, Gray 1846, Gray 1850, Gray 1866, Gray 1868, Hershkovitz 1966, Huxley 1864, Mead 1989, Mead and Brownell 2005, Moore 1968, Owen 1870, Rice 1998, Scheffer and Rice 1963 and Trouessart 1904

Sister taxa: Mesoplodon bidens, Mesoplodon bononiensis, Mesoplodon bowdoini, Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, Mesoplodon danconae, Mesoplodon europaeus, Mesoplodon ginkgodens, Mesoplodon grayi, 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 densirostris: MNHM unnumbered specimen, a maxilla (rostrum). Its type locality is Oiso Beach, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in Japan.
  • Ziphius seychellensis:

Ecology: aquatic piscivore-carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of New Caledonia (1 collection), New Zealand (2)

Total: 3 collections each including a single occurrence

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