Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > Superclass Gnathostomata > Superclass Tetrapoda > Class Mammalia > Subclass Theria > Order Cetartiodactyla > Suborder Cetancodonta > Infraorder Cetacea > Superfamily Odontoceti > Family Ziphiidae > Genus Mesoplodon

Mesoplodon ginkgodens Nishiwaki & Kamiya, 1958

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

MesoplodonGervais, 1850accepted genus name

Species group names

Mesoplodon bidens Nishiwaki, 1957 synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Dutch: Japanse spitssnuitdolfijn
 English: gingko-toothed whale; ginkgo-toothed beaked whale; Japanese beaked whale sources: Shirihai, H. 2002 A complete guide to Antarctic Wildlife: the Birds and Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Continent and the Southern Ocean Alula Press FI 510 pp;UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms
 French: baleine à bec de Nishiwaki
 Japanese: ichoha kujira
 Russian: ginkozubyi remnezub
 Sinhala: hotaulal
 Spanish, Castillian: ballena picuda de dientes de ginkgo; zifio Japonés


original description

Nishiwaki, M. and T. Kamiya. (1958). A beaked whale Mesoplodon stranded at Oiso Beach, Japan. The Scientific Reports of the Whales Research Institute, Tokyo 13:53--83, pl. 1--17.

additional source

Mead, J. G. and R. L. Brownell, Jr. (2005). Cetacea. Pages 723--743 in Wilson, D.E. & D.M. Reeder (eds). Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed), Johns Hopkins University Press, 2,142 pp.

additional source

Rice, D. W. 1998. Marine mammals of the world. Systematics and distribution. Society for Marine Mammalogy Special Publication 4.

additional source

Hershkovitz, P. (1966). Catalog of living whales. U.S. National Museum Bulletin 246:1--259.

additional source

Jefferson, T. A., M. A. Webber and R. L. Pitman. (2008). Marine mammals of the world. Academic Press, Amsterdam.

additional source

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008.

additional source

Perrin, W. F., B. Würsig and J. G. M. Thewissen. (2009). Encyclopedia of marine mammals. Academic Press, Amsterdam.



External Links

Link To GBIF


Perrin, W. (2012). Mesoplodon ginkgodens Nishiwaki & Kamiya, 1958. In: Perrin, W.F. (2012) World Cetacea Database. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2012) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:231407




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EU Habitat Directive:
annex IV EU Habitat Directive Annex IV: Species of community interest in need of strict protection.
Red List status DD 2008This species is data deficient, there is inadequate information to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction based on its distribution and/or population status according to the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

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