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Mesoplodon ginkgodens

Ginkgo-toothed Beaked Whale

Order: Cetacea
Family: Ziphiidae

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Conservation Status: Data Deficient.

Almost nothing is known of the ginkgo-toothed beaked whale. Nothing about its behavior or feeding habits has been reported, and its geographical distribution is estimated from a very small sample. Most records are from  Asian waters, where a few were harpooned in fisheries. As with other beaked whales, adult males can be identified by their distinctively-shaped teeth, which are different in each species, but females and juveniles are almost impossible to identify by species.

Range: up to 4.8 m males; up to 4.9 m females


Nishiwaki and Kamiya, 1958.  Sci. Rep. Whales Res. Inst. (Tokyo), 13:53, 13 figs., 17 pls.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Mesoplodon ginkgodens