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Indopacetus pacificus (Longman, 1926)
Longman's Beaked Whale; Mesoplodon pacificus Longman, 1926; Beaked whale; Mesoplodon pacificus; Longmans beaked whale

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Species Indopacetus pacificus (Longman, 1926)


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Species Indopacetus pacificus (Longman, 1926)

Longman's Beaked Whale


Generic Combinations

  • Indopacetus pacificus (Longman, 1926).





Extra Distribution Information

McKay (the type locality and only Australian record), Somalia, South Africa, Kenya, the Maldives and Japan; very rare vagrant.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Central Eastern Province (12), Central Eastern Transition (15), Kenn Transition (16), Kenn Province (17), Northeast Province (18), Northeast Transition (19), Timor Province (2), Cape Province (20), Northwest Transition (3), Northwest Province (4), Central Western Transition (5), Central Western Province (6)

Ecological Descriptors

Oceanic, pelagic, predator.


General References

Bannister, J.L., Kemper, C.M. & Warneke, R.M. 1996. The Action Plan for Australian Cetaceans . Canberra : Australian Nature Conservation Agency 242 pp.

Dalebout, M.L., Ross, G.J.B., Baker, C.S., Anderson, R.C., Best, P.B. Cockcroft, V.G., Hinsz, H.L., Peddemors, V. & Pitman, R.L. 2003. Appearance, distribution and genetic distinctiveness of Longman's beaked whale, Indopacetus pacificus . Marine Mammal Science 19 : 421-461

Longman, H.A. 1926. New records of Cetacea, with a list of Queensland species. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 8 : 266-278

Moore, J.C. 1968. Relationships among the living genera of beaked whales. Fieldiana Zoology 53 : 209-298

Moore, J.C. 1972. More skull characters of the beaked whale Indopacetus pacificus and comparative measurements of austral relatives. Fieldiana Zoology 62 : 1-19

Pitman, R.L., Palacios, D.M.,Brennan, P.L., Balcomb, K.C.I. & Miyashita, T. 1999. Sightings and possible identity of a bottlenose whale in the tropical Indo-Pacific: Indopacetus pacificus ? Marine Mammal Science 15 : 531-549


Common Name References

ABRS 2001. Census of Australian Vertebrates. Australian Biological Resources Study. (Longman's Beaked Whale)


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