Cetorhinus maximus Gunner 1765 (basking shark)

Chondrichthyes - Lamniformes - Cetorhinidae

Alternative combination: Squalus maximus

Belongs to Cetorhinus according to B. J. Welton 2013

See also Cicimurri and Knight 2009

Sister taxon: Cetorhinus duponti

Ecology: fast-moving nektonic suspension feeder-carnivore


• Quaternary of Japan (1 collection)

• Pliocene of Italy (1), the Netherlands (1), United States (4: California)

• Miocene to Pliocene of United States (1: California)

• Miocene of the Czech Republic (1), Denmark (1), Germany (1), Japan (2), the Netherlands (2), United States (2: California, Oregon)

Total: 17 collections each including a single occurrence

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