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Family: Ziphiidae beaked whales (See list of species below)

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23 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)


Berardius arnuxii
[Arnoux's beaked whale]


Berardius bairdii
[Baird's beaked whale]
No picture found

Berardius minimus
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Hyperoodon ampullatus
[North Atlantic bottlenose whale]


Hyperoodon planifrons
[Southern bottlenose whale]
No picture found

Indopacetus pacificus
[longman's beaked whale]


Mesoplodon bidens
[Sowerby's beaked whale]


Mesoplodon bowdoini
[Andrew's beaked whale]


Mesoplodon carlhubbsi
[Hubb's beaked whale]


Mesoplodon densirostris
[Blainville's beaked whale]


Mesoplodon europaeus
[Gervais' beaked whale]


Mesoplodon ginkgodens
[ginkgo-toothed beaked whale]


Mesoplodon grayi
[Gray's beaked whale]


Mesoplodon hectori
[Hector's beaked whale]
No picture found

Mesoplodon hotaula
[Ginko-toothed beaked whale]


Mesoplodon layardii
[strap-toothed whale]


Mesoplodon mirus
[True's beaked whale]
No picture found

Mesoplodon perrini
[Perrin's beaked whale]


Mesoplodon peruvianus
[pygmy beaked whale]


Mesoplodon stejnegeri
[Stejneger's beaked whale]
No picture found

Mesoplodon traversii
[spade-toothed beaked whale]


Tasmacetus shepherdi
[Shepherd's beaked whale]


Ziphius cavirostris
[Cuvier's beaked whale]
23 Species of Family Ziphiidae
(beaked whales)
Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Berardius arnuxii Arnoux's beaked whale Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Oc 975 TL
Berardius bairdii Baird's beaked whale Pacific Ocean and the Arc 1280 TL
Berardius minimus Northwest Pacific
Hyperoodon ampullatus North Atlantic bottlenose whale Atlantic Ocean, Arctic an 980 TL
Hyperoodon planifrons Southern bottlenose whale Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Paci 780 TL
Indopacetus pacificus longman's beaked whale Indo-West Pacific and Eas
Mesoplodon bidens Sowerby's beaked whale Atlantic Ocean and the Me 550 TL
Mesoplodon bowdoini Andrew's beaked whale Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Paci 470 TL
Mesoplodon carlhubbsi Hubb's beaked whale Pacific Ocean. 530 TL
Mesoplodon densirostris Blainville's beaked whale Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Paci 470 TL
Mesoplodon europaeus Gervais' beaked whale Atlantic Ocean. Tropical 520 TL
Mesoplodon ginkgodens ginkgo-toothed beaked whale Indo-Pacific and the Anta 490 TL
Mesoplodon grayi Gray's beaked whale Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Paci 560 TL
Mesoplodon hectori Hector's beaked whale Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Paci 440 TL
Mesoplodon hotaula Ginko-toothed beaked whale Indo-Pacific.
Mesoplodon layardii strap-toothed whale Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Oc 620 TL
Mesoplodon mirus True's beaked whale Atlantic Ocean, Indian Oc 500 TL
Mesoplodon perrini Perrin's beaked whale Eastern Pacific
Mesoplodon peruvianus pygmy beaked whale Pacific Ocean 370 TL
Mesoplodon stejnegeri Stejneger's beaked whale Pacific Ocean and the Arc 530 TL
Mesoplodon traversii spade-toothed beaked whale Pacific Ocean and the Ant
Tasmacetus shepherdi Shepherd's beaked whale Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Paci 700 TL
Ziphius cavirostris Cuvier's beaked whale Circumglobal. Tropical t 750 TL



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