Physeterula dubusi Van Beneden 1877 (sperm whale)

Mammalia - Cetacea - Physeteridae

Alternative combinations: Kogia dubusii, Physeterula dubusii

Synonyms: Beluga acutidens von Meyer 1859, Delphinus acutidens von Meyer 1859, Orcopsis acutidens von Meyer 1859

Full reference: P. J. Van Beneden. 1877. Note sur un Cachalot nain du crag d'Anvers, Physeterula dubussi. Bulletins de L'académie Royal des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts 64:851-856

Belongs to Physeterula according to J. Velez-Juarbe et al. 2015

See also Abel 1905, Brandt 1873, Cope 1890, Kazár 2002, Lambert 2008, Lydekker 1887, Meyer 1861, Newton 1891, Studer 1898, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, Uhen et al. 2008, Van Beneden 1876, Van Beneden 1877, Van Beneden 1884, Vanden Broeck 1874 and von Meyer 1859

Sister taxon: Physeterula neolassicus

Type specimens:

  • Physeterula dubusi: IRSNB M.527, a mandible (a fragmentary skull including rostral fragments of the premaxillae, parts of the supracranial basin and of the basicranium, with the associated mandible and 18 ). Its type locality is Deurne (Fort 1), Deurne Sand, which is in a Tortonian lagoonal sandstone in the Diest Formation of Belgium.
  • Delphinus acutidens: Its type locality is Stockach, which is in a Miocene marine horizon in Germany.

Ecology: aquatic piscivore-carnivore


• Pliocene of the United Kingdom (1 collection), United States (1: North Carolina)

• Miocene of Belgium (2), Germany (1), the Netherlands (1), Turkey (1)

Total: 7 collections each including a single occurrence

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