Otekaikea

Name: Otekaikea.
Phonetic: O-tek-ay-ke-ah.
Named By: Y.‭ ‬Tanaka‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Fordyce‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.
Synonyms: Prosqualodon marplesi.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea,‭ ‬Odontoceti.
Species: O.‭ ‬marplesi‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬O.‭ ‬huata.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: New Zealand.
Time period: Chattian of the Oligocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skulls.

       With the type species originally described as a species of Prosqualodon,‭ ‬Otekaikea became a recognised genus of toothed whale in‭ ‬2015.‭ ‬Otekaikea is considered to be very similar to the genus Waipatia.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Fossil dolphin Otekaikea marplesi‭ (‬Latest Oligocene,‭ ‬New Zealand‭) ‬expands the morphological and taxonomic diversity of Oligocene cetaceans.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PLoS One‭ ‬9‭(‬9‭)‬:e107972.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Tanaka‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Fordyce‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.



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