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Northernmost Record of the Ginkgo-Toothed Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon ginkgodens)

Author(s):

Wojtek Bachara, Mika Kuroda, Shin Nishida, Hajime Ishikawa, and Takashi Fritz Matsuishi

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Abstract: The ginkgo-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon ginkgodens) is one of the least-known cetaceans in the world, with a formerly recognised distribution that included temperate, subtropical, and tropical waters in the North and South Pacific and Indian Oceans. We report an additional specimen of this species, which also represents the northernmost-known specimen—an adult male found dead, stranded on the coast of Hokkaido, northernmost Japan.

Key Words: distribution, stranding, Hokkaido, Japan, ginkgo-toothed beaked whale, Mesoplodon ginkgodens

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1578/AM.49.4.2023.356

Page Numbers: 356-365

 

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