Named By: J. Hector - 1881.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Cetacea, Kekenodontidae.
Species: K. onamata (type).
Diet: Uncertain, either a carnivore or filter feeder.
Size: Uncertain but roughly estimated to be about 7 meters long.
Known locations: New Zealand - Kokoamu Greensand Formation.
Time period: Chattian of the Oligocene.
Fossil representation: Fragmentary skull and post cranial skeletal remains.
Originally though to be a member of the Archaeoceti, Kekenodon has more recently been considered to be a mysticetid (baleen) whale. Unfortunately the fragmentary nature of the holotype fossils makes is hard to be certain of distinct physical features about Kekenodon.
- Notes on New Zealand Cetacea, recent and fossil. - Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 13:434-437. - J. Hector - 1881.