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Mesoplodon  Gervais, 1850
Taxonomic Serial No.: 180506

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Genus  
  Synonym(s): Aodon Lesson, 1828
    Dioplodon Gervais, 1850
    Dolichodon Gray, 1866
    Micropteron Eschricht, 1849
    Micropterus Wagner, 1846
    Mikropteron Hershkovitz, 1961
    Oulodon von Haast, 1876
    Nodus Wagler, 1830
    Paikea Oliver, 1922
  Common Name(s): beaked whales [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: complete   
  Latest Record Review: 2023   

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria  – triploblasts  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassMammalia Linnaeus, 1758 – mammifères, mamífero, mammals  
                         SubclassTheria Parker and Haswell, 1897  
                            InfraclassEutheria Gill, 1872  
                               OrderCetacea Brisson, 1762 – baleines, cétacés, dauphins, mammfères marins, marsouins, baleia, cetáceo, golfinho, cetaceans, whales, dolphins, marine mammals, porpoises  
                                  SuborderOdontoceti Flower, 1867 – toothed whales  
                                     FamilyHyperoodontidae Gray, 1846 – beaked whales  
                                        GenusMesoplodon Gervais, 1850 – beaked whales  
    Direct Children:  
                                           Species Mesoplodon bidens (Sowerby, 1804) – North Atlantic beaked whale, Sowerby's Beaked Whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon bowdoini Andrews, 1908 – Andrew's Beaked Whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon carlhubbsi Moore, 1963 – arch-beaked whale, archbeaked whale, Hubbs' Beaked Whale, Hubbs's Beaked Whale, Ballena-picuda de Hubb 
                                           Species Mesoplodon densirostris (Blainville, 1817) – dense-beaked whale, Blainville's Beaked Whale, densebeak whale, Ballena-picuda de Blainsville 
                                           Species Mesoplodon eueu Carroll, McGowen, McCarthy, Marx, Aguilar, Dalebout, Dreyer, Gaggiotti, Hansen et al., 2021 – Ramari's beaked whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon europaeus (Gervais, 1855) – Gervais' Beaked Whale, Gervais's Beaked Whale, Antillean beaked whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon ginkgodens Nishiwaki and Kamiya, 1958 – ginkgo-toothed whale, Ginkgo-toothed Beaked Whale, Ballena-picuda japonesa 
                                           Species Mesoplodon grayi von Haast, 1876 – Gray's Beaked Whale, Haast's beaked whale, scamper-down whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon hectori (Gray, 1871) – Hector's Beaked Whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon hotaula Deraniyagala, 1963 – Deraniyagala's Beaked Whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon layardii (Gray, 1865) – Strap-toothed Whale, Layard's beaked whale, strap-toothed beaked whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon mirus True, 1913 – True's Beaked Whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon perrini Dalebout, Mead, Baker, Baker and van Helden, 2002 – Perrin's Beaked Whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon peruvianus Reyes, Mead and Van Waerebeek, 1991 – Peruvian beaked whale, Ballena-picuda peruana, Pygmy Beaked Whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon stejnegeri True, 1885 – Stejneger's Beaked Whale, Bering Sea beaked whale 
                                           Species Mesoplodon traversii (Gray, 1874) – baleine à bec de Travers, spade-tand spitssnuitdolfijn, Spade-toothed Whale, zifio de Travers 

  Expert: Alfred L. Gardner  
  Notes: Curator of North American mammals and Chief of Mammal Section, National Biological Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA   
  Reference for: Mesoplodon    
  Expert: Dr. James G. Mead  
  Notes: Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560   
  Reference for: Mesoplodon    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Mesoplodon   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  Reference for: Mesoplodon   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Dalebout, M. L., C. Scott Baker, D. Steel, K. Thompson, K. M. Robertson, S. J. Chivers, et al.  
  Publication Date: 2014   
  Article/Chapter Title: Resurrection of Mesoplodon hotaula Deraniyagala 1963: A new species of beaked whale in the tropical Indo-Pacific   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Marine Mammal Science, Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)   
  Page(s): unpaginated   
  Publication Place:    
  Notes: DOI: 10.1111/mms.12113 Available online at   
  Reference for: Mesoplodon   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Mead, James G., and Robert L. Brownell, Jr. / Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 2005   
  Article/Chapter Title: Order Cetacea   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vol. 1   
  Page(s): 723-743   
  Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press   
  Publication Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-8018-8221-4   
  Reference for: Mesoplodon   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Rice, Dale W.  
  Publication Date: 1998   
  Article/Chapter Title: Marine Mammals of the World: Systematics and Distribution   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Special Publications of the Society for Marine Mammals, no. 4   
  Page(s): ix + 231   
  Publisher: The Society for Marine Mammalogy   
  Publication Place: Lawrence, Kansas, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 1-891276-03-4   
  Reference for: Mesoplodon   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 1993   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2nd ed., 3rd printing   
  Page(s): xviii + 1207   
  Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press   
  Publication Place: Washington, DC, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 1-56098-217-9   
  Notes: Corrections were made to text at 3rd printing   
  Reference for: Mesoplodon   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wilson, Don E., and F. Russell Cole  
  Publication Date: 2000   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Common Names of Mammals of the World   
  Page(s): xiv + 204   
  Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press   
  Publication Place: Washington, DC, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 1-56098-383-3   
  Notes: With contributions by Bernadette N. Graham, Adam P. Potter, and Mariana M. Upmeyer   
  Reference for: Mesoplodon   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Würsig, Bernd, J. G. M. Thewissen, and Kit M. Kovacs, eds.  
  Publication Date: 2018   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, 3rd edition   
  Page(s): xxxi + 1157   
  Publisher: Elsevier   
  Publication Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-12-8043271   
  Notes: Species and classification provided on pages xxix-xxxi   
  Reference for: Mesoplodon   

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