Otekaikea Tanaka and Fordyce 2014 (toothed whale)

Mammalia - Cetacea - Waipatiidae

Full reference: Y. Tanaka and R. E. Fordyce. 2014. Fossil dolphin Otekaikea marplesi (Latest Oligocene, New Zealand) expands the morphological and taxonomic diversity of Oligocene cetaceans. PLoS One 9(9):e107972

Parent taxon: Waipatiidae according to F. G. Marx et al. 2016

See also Berta 2017, Tanaka and Fordyce 2014 and Tanaka and Fordyce 2015

Sister taxa: Papahu, Waipatia

Subtaxa: Otekaikea huata Otekaikea marplesi

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Ecology: aquatic carnivore


• Waitakian of New Zealand (1 collection)

• Oligocene of New Zealand (1)

Total: 2 collections each including a single occurrence

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