Basilosaurus cetoides Owen 1839 (whale)

Mammalia - Pelagiceti - Basilosauridae

Alternative combination: Zeuglodon cetoides

Synonyms: Alabamornis gigantea Abel 1906, Basilosaurus harlani De Kay 1842, Hydrarchos sillimani Wyman 1845, Hydrargos sillimanii Koch 1845, Zeuglodon ceti Wyman 1845, Zeuglodon harlani De Kay 1842, Zeuglodon macrospondylus Müller 1849

Full reference: R. Owen. 1839. Observations on the Basilosaurus of Dr. Harlan (Zeuglodon cetoides). Transactions of the Geological Society of London 6:69-79

Belongs to Basilosaurus according to M. D. Uhen 2018

See also Abel 1906, Abel 1914, Bronn 1853, Cope 1868, Cope 1890, De Kay 1842, Gibbes 1847, Gray and Adams 1859, Hammerschmidt 1848, Hay 1902, Hay 1930, Kalmykov 2012, Kellogg 1936, Koch 1845, Leidy 1854, Leidy 1869, Lucas 1908, Lydekker 1887, Mchedlidze 1970, McLeod and Barnes 2008, Müller 1849, Owen 1839, Owen 1839, Schouten 2011, Sherman 1952, Thurmond and Jones 1981, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, Uhen 2002, Uhen 2004, Uhen 2008, Uhen 2009, Uhen 2013, van Vliet 2004, Wyman 1845 and Zittel 1925

Sister taxa: Basilosaurus drazindai, Basilosaurus isis, Basilosaurus puschi, Hydrarchos harlani

Type specimens:

  • Basilosaurus cetoides: ANSP 12944A, a set of vertebrae (lumbar vertebra). Its type locality is Ouachita River, which is in a Priabonian coastal marl in the Yazoo Formation of Louisiana.
  • Alabamornis gigantea: Its type locality is Melvin, southeast of, which is in a Priabonian marginal marine mixed carbonate-siliciclastic in the Yazoo Formation of Alabama.
  • Hydrarchos sillimani:
  • Hydrargos sillimanii:
  • Zeuglodon ceti:
  • Zeuglodon harlani:
  • Zeuglodon macrospondylus:

Ecology: aquatic carnivore

Distribution:

• Eocene of Egypt (2 collections), United States (33: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee)

Total: 35 collections each including a single occurrence

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