Mesoplodon bowdoini   Andrews,  1908 (Whale)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order:Cetartiodactyla
Family:Ziphiidae

Image copyrights: FAO

Description
Size: Reaches at least 4.38 m in length

Weight: 900–1,400 kgs

Color: Dark blue to almost black in color with a predominantly white beak.

Mouth line is characterized by a strong arch with teeth visible in the middle of the beak and their teeth curve outward; the teeth are wide and flat and are located at the top of their highly arched mouth line; in adult males, the teeth protrude outside the mouth, but not in females and juveniles; small dorsal fins and frilled edges on their tail fins.


Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Splaytooth Beaked Whale
• Andrew's Beaked Whale (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
IUCN Status:  Data Deficient

Biogeography


• INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at - eprints.cmfri.org.in/3975/1/Special_Publication_No_12_Revised.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • MarineBio Available at - http://marinebio.org/
  • Convention on migratory species Available at - http://www.cms.int/index.html

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