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SPECIES Kogia sima

Author:Owen, 1866.
Citation:Trans. Zool. Soc. Lond., 6(1): 30, pls. 10-14.
Common Name:Dwarf Sperm Whale
Type Locality:India, Andhra Pradesh (= Madras Presidency), "taken at Waltair".
Distribution:Worldwide: warm-temperate to tropical waters, occasionally strands in cold-temperate areas.
Status:CITES Appendix II; IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Reviewed by Nagorsen (1985, Mammalian Species, 239) and Caldwell and Caldwell (1989). The specific name simus. -a, -um is a Latin adjectival form and has to agree in gender with the generic name Kogia (Rice, 1998:84).
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