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Resurrection of Mesoplodon traversii (Gray, 1874), senior synonym of M. bahamondi Reyes, Van Waerebeek, Cárdenas and Yáñez, 1995 (Cetacea: Ziphiidae)
Van Helden, A.L.; Baker, A.N.; Dalebout, M.L.; Reyes, J.C.; Van Waerebeek, K.; Baker, C.S. (2002). Resurrection of Mesoplodon traversii (Gray, 1874), senior synonym of M. bahamondi Reyes, Van Waerebeek, Cárdenas and Yáñez, 1995 (Cetacea: Ziphiidae). Mar. Mamm. Sci. 18(3): 609-621. hdl.handle.net/10.1111/j.1748-7692.2002.tb01062.x
In: Marine Mammal Science. Society for Marine Mammalogy: Lawrence, Kan.. ISSN 0824-0469, more
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Keywords
    Mesoplodon Gervais, 1850 [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    beaked whales; Mesoplodon; taxonomy; morphology; phylogenetics; mtDNA; South Pacific

Authors  Top 
  • Van Helden, A.L.
  • Baker, A.N.
  • Dalebout, M.L.
  • Reyes, J.C.
  • Van Waerebeek, K., more
  • Baker, C.S.

Abstract
    Mesoplodon traversii (Gray, 1874) is shown to be a senior synonym of the recently described beaked whale Mesoplodon hahamondi Reyes et al., 1995 on the basis of a phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA control region sequences. The mandible and teeth of M. traversii, first reported in 1873 by Hector as Dolichodon layardii. are redescribed. The species can be distinguished by features of the calvaria; including the large jugal, broad rostrum, and small distance between premaxillary foramina. The male teeth, which are large and spade-shaped with a strong terminal denticle, are also diagnostic. M. traversii is known only from Pitt Island and White Island, New Zealand and Robinson Crusoe Island, Juan Fernandez Archipelago, Chile.

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