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SPECIES Mesoplodon bidens

Author:Sowerby, 1804.
Citation:Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond., 7: 310.
Common Name:Sowerbys Beaked Whale
Type Locality:UK, Scotland, "stranded on the estate of James Brodie, Esq. F. L. S., in the county of Elgin."
Distribution:North Atlantic and Baltic Sea: temperate waters. Occurrence in the Mediterranean Sea was discussed by van Bree (1975), who considered the evidence unconvincing; however, Casinos and Filella (1981) supported a report from the Italian coast (Brunelli and Fasella, 1929). There is one report from the Gulf of Mexico (Bonde and O'Shea, 1989) that is also considered a stray.
Status:CITES Appendix II; IUCN Data Deficient.
Comments:Reviewed by J. G. Mead (1989c).
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Synonyms:

    dalei (Lesson, 1827)
    micropterus (G. Cuvier, 1829)
    sowerbensis (de Blainville, 1817)
    sowerbiensis (Gray, 1846)
    sowerbyi (Desmarest, 1822)

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