Toipahautea Tsai and Fordyce 2018 (whale)

Mammalia - Cetacea

Full reference: C.-H. Tsai and R. E. Fordyce. 2018. A new archaic baleen whale Toipahautea waitaki (early Late Oligocene, New Zealand) and the origins of crown Mysticeti. Royal Society Open Science 5(4):172453

Parent taxon: Mysticeti according to C.-H. Tsai and R. E. Fordyce 2018

Sister taxa: Aetiocetidae, Aetiocetoidea, Amphitera, Aulocetus calaritanus, Aulocetus lovisati, Balaena cortesii, Borealodon, Burtinopsis, Cetotheriomorphus, Chaeomysticeti, Coronodon, Crenaticeti, Eschrichtioidea, Eschrichtius expansus, Eschrichtius leptocentrus, Eschrichtius pusillus, Horopeta, Llanocetidae, Maiabalaena, Mammalodontidae, Mauicetus brevicollis, Mesoteras, Mesoteras kerrianus, Metasqualodon, Mioceta, Mystacodontidae, Probalaena, Pterobalaenidae, Rhegnopsis, Siphonocetus, Squalodon serratus, Taikicetus, Tretulias, Tretulias buccatus, Ulias

Subtaxa: Toipahautea waitaki

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Type: Toipahautea waitaki

Ecology: aquatic carnivore-suspension feeder

Distribution: found only at Haughs’ Quarry (Oligocene of New Zealand)

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