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] 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.