Herpetocetus Van Beneden 1872 (whale)

Mammalia - Cetacea - Cetotheriidae

Alternative spelling: Erpetocetus

Synonym: Mizuhoptera Hatai et al. 1963

Full reference: P. J. Van Beneden. 1872. Les Baleines fossiles d'Anvers. Bulletins de L'Academie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-arts 34:6-23

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

See also Barnes 1977, Berta 2017, Bisconti 2014, Bisconti et al. 2013, Boessenecker 2013, Bouetel 2005, Bouetel and Muizon 2006, Carroll 1988, Cope 1890, El Adli et al. 2014, Fordyce 2003, Geisler and Sanders 2003, Gol'din 2018, Gol'din and Steeman 2015, Goldin and Startsev 2014, Goldin et al. 2014, Kellogg 1928, Kimura and Hasegawa 2004, Lydekker 1887, Marx et al. 2016, Marx and Fordyce 2015, McKenna and Bell 1997, Newton 1891, Oishi and Hasegawa 1995, Saita et al. 2011, Sepkoski 2002, Simpson 1945, Steeman 2007, Steeman 2010, Tanaka et al. 2018, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, True 1912, Uhen et al. 2008, Van Beneden and Gervais 1880, Whitmore and Barnes 2008, Whitmore and Kaltenbach 2008 and Zittel 1925

Sister taxon: Nannocetus

Subtaxa: Herpetocetus bramblei Herpetocetus morrowi Herpetocetus scaldiensis Herpetocetus sendaicus Herpetocetus transatlanticus Mizuhoptera fujinensis Mizuhoptera kanayaensis

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Ecology: aquatic carnivore-suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Quaternary of the United Kingdom (1 collection), United States (2: California, South Carolina)

• Pliocene of Belgium (7), Japan (7), United States (24: California, North Carolina)

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

• Miocene of Belgium (1), Mexico (1), the Netherlands (1), United States (1: California)

Total: 46 collections each including a single occurrence

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