PORT PHILLIP BAY


Cuvier's Beaked Whale 

Ziphius cavirostris

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Mammalia
Order:
Cetacea
Family:
Ziphiidae
Genus:
Ziphius
Species:
cavirostris

General Description

Variable colouration, including yellow-grey to dark brown with pale grey to white face and beak. White oval scars are sometimes present across the body. Up to 7 m long.

Biology

Cuvier's Beaked Whales are often found in small pods of around 15 individuals. Breeding occurs year-round.

Habitat

Tropical to polar offshore waters, to depths greater than 200 m.

Open water

Distribution guide

Worldwide. Most Australian waters. 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

7 m

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

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

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, Cuvier's Beaked Whale, Ziphius cavirostris, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 27 Apr 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5720

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