Bottlenose whale

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Bottlenose whales
Temporal range: Miocene-recent[1]
Southern bottlenose whale size.svg
Size compared to an average human
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Ziphiidae
Subfamily: Hyperoodontinae
Genus: Hyperoodon
Lacépède, 1804
A Bottlenose Whale pictured above a Sperm Whale.

Hyperoodon (or Hyperoödon)[2] is a genus of beaked whale, containing just two species: the Northern and Southern bottlenose whales.[3] While not in the genus Hyperoodon, Longman's beaked whales are alternatively called tropical bottlenose whales due to their physical features resembling those of bottlenose whales.

They are considered to be molluscivorous, eating mainly squid.[4]

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  1. ^ "G. Bianucci, I. Miján, and O. Lambert. 2013. Bizarre fossil beaked whales (Odontoceti, Ziphiidae) fished from the Atlantic Ocean floor off the Iberian Peninsula. Geodiversitas".
  2. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bottlenose Whale" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  3. ^ "Hyperoodon Lacépède, 1804". Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  4. ^ Jarman, P. J; Lee, A. K.; Hall, L. S. "Fauna of Australia:Natural History of the Eutheria" (PDF). Retrieved 15 May 2015.