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Ginkgo-Toothed Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon ginkgodens)

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PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Ziphiidae
GENUS: Mesoplodon
SPECIES: ginkgodens

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Tropical and warm waters of the indo-pacific.

LENGTH (maximum): 16Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): Unknown

RELATIVE SPECIES: All other Mesoplodons

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Hubbs, Blainville’s and True’s beaked whale.

This species is classified as DATE INCOMPLETE according to the IUCN's Red List.
This species is classified as DATE INCOMPLETE according to the IUCN’s Red List.

THREATS: Occasionally hunted, trapped in gillnets

DIET: Squid and fish

MANNER OF FEEDING: Deep foraging

BEHAVIOR: Does not have scars, so it probably is not dominant and aggressive with other males.

REPRODUCTION: Unknown

LIFE SPAN: Unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • The teeth resemble ginko leaves.

SOURCES:

  • Knopf, Alfred A. Guide to Marine Mammals of the World.Random House. 2002
  • http://www.beakedwhaleresource.com/bwginko.htm

 

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