PORT PHILLIP BAY


Andrews' Beaked Whale 

Mesoplodon bowdoini

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Mammalia
Order:
Cetacea
Family:
Ziphiidae
Genus:
Mesoplodon
Species:
bowdoini

General Description

Males have a dark greyish-blue to black body with a white snout and lower jaw (beak). Females have an off-white beak. Up to 4.8 m long.

Biology

Very little is known about Andrews' Beaked Whales and it likely inhabits deep offshore waters. Breeding occurs during autumn and summer. Stranded individuals may occasionally be observed on Australian beaches.

Habitat

Cool temperate waters.

Open water

Distribution guide

Indo-Pacific Ocean, New Zealand and southern Australia. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.

Species Group

Mammals Whales and dolphins

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

Surface Midwater

Max Size

4.8 m

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Data Deficient
  • CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix II)

Author

article author Fitzgerald, E.

Dr. Erich Fitzgerald is a Senior Curator of palaeontology at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author Jefferies, R.

Dr. Ryan Jefferies is a volunteer online editor at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Fitzgerald, E. & Jefferies, R., 2011, Andrews' Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon bowdoini, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 16 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5719

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