Herpetocetus sendaicus Hatai et al. 1963 (whale)

Mammalia - Cetacea - Cetotheriidae

Alternative combination: Mizuhoptera sendaicus

Full reference: K. Hatai, S. Hayasaka, and K. Masuda. 1963. Some fossil tympanics from the Mizuho period of northern Japan. Saito Ho-on Kai Museum Research Bulletin 32:5-14

Belongs to Herpetocetus according to V. Bouetel and C. Muizon 2006

See also Boessenecker 2011, Bouetel 2005, El Adli et al. 2014, Hatai et al. 1963, Kimura and Hasegawa 2004 and Saita et al. 2011

Sister taxa: Herpetocetus bramblei, Herpetocetus morrowi, Herpetocetus scaldiensis, Herpetocetus transatlanticus, Mizuhoptera kanayaensis, Mizuhoptera fujinensis

Type specimen: IGPS 78423, a partial skull (periotic). Its type locality is Sendai, which is in a Pliocene shallow subtidal horizon in the Tatsunokuchi Formation of Japan.

Ecology: aquatic carnivore-suspension feeder


• Pliocene of Japan (1 collection), United States (1: North Carolina)

Total: 2 collections each including a single occurrence

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