Named By: R. W. Boessenecker & R. E. Fordyce - 2016.
Synonyms: Matapa waihao.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Cetacea, Eomysticetidae.
Species: M. waihao (type).
Diet: Filter feeder?
Known locations: New Zealand - Kokoamu Greensand Formation.
Time period: Chattian of the Oligocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skull remains.
Originally named in 2016 as Matapa, it was later discovered that the name Matapa had already been used to name a genus of butterfly. Therefore later in 2016, a new name, Matapanui was established for the genus. Matapanui is a genus of whale and a kind that was a precursor to the baleen whales of today. At the time of writing however the lack of available fossils for Matapanui make it difficult to establish how this whale genus fed.
- A new eomysticetid from the Oligocene Kokoamu Greensand of New Zealand and a review of the Eomysticetidae (Mammalia, Cetacea). - Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. - R. W. Boessenecker & R. E. Fordyce - 2016.
- Matapanui, a replacement name for Matapa Boessenecker & Fordyce, 2016. - Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. - R. W. Boessenecker & R. E. Fordyce - 2016.