Physeter vetus Leidy 1869 (sperm whale)

Mammalia - Cetacea - Physeteridae

Alternative combinations: Catodon vetus, Physeter antiquus vetus

Synonyms: Physeter antiquus Leidy 1853 [objective synonym], Physiter antiquus Leidy 1853 [objective synonym]

Full reference: J. Leidy. 1869. The extinct mammalian fauna of Dakota and Nebraska, including an account of some allied forms from other localities, together with a synopsis of the mammalian remains of North America. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia 2:1-472

Belongs to Physeter according to O. P. Hay 1930

See also Cope 1867, Cope 1868, Cope 1875, Hay 1902, Holmes 1860, Lawley 1876, Leidy 1853, Leidy 1860, Leidy 1869, Paquier 1894, Rhoads 1903, Trouessart 1898 and Trouessart 1904

Sister taxa: Physeter antiquus, Physeter macrocephalus

Type specimens:

  • Physeter vetus: ANSP 11258, a set of teeth
  • Physeter antiquus: ANSP 12076, a set of teeth (portions of three teeth and fragments of two tympanic bones). Its type locality is Ashley River, Pleistocene, which is in a Pleistocene marine horizon in South Carolina.

Ecology: aquatic carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of United States (1: Georgia collection)

• Miocene of United States (1: Virginia)

Total: 2 collections each including a single occurrence

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