PORT PHILLIP BAY


Ginko-toothed Beaked Whale 

Mesoplodon ginkgodens

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:
ginkgodens

General Description

Colour pattern is poorly known for this species. They are generally considered mainly dark grey, paler underneath and with a white tip on the beak. Up to 5.3 m long.

Biology

These whales are rarely identified in the wild and little is known of their biology. Their name comes from the shape of teeth in young individuals, which have a similar appearance to the leaves of ginkgo trees.

Habitat

Temperate and tropical waters.

Open water

Distribution guide

Indo-Pacific Ocean. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from western 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

5.3 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 Patullo, B.

Blair Patullo is Online Producer for marine projects at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Fitzgerald, E. & Patullo, B., 2011, Ginko-toothed Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon ginkgodens, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 24 May 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/8086

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