Named By: Y. Tanaka & R. E. Fordyce - 2014.
Synonyms: Prosqualodon marplesi.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Cetacea, Odontoceti.
Species: O. marplesi (type), O. huata.
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.
- 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.
- A new Oligo-Miocene dolphin from New Zealand: Otekaikea huata expands diversity of the early Platanistoidea. Palaeontologia Electronica 18.2.23A: - Yoshihiro Tanaka & R. Ewan Fordyce - 2015.