Mesoplodon mirus True, 1913

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Specimen Count
1
Stranded alve, died subsequently.
Teeth show in photos.
Yamada e-mail 5 VI 2016
Öztürk, A. A., Dede, A., Tonay, A. M., Danyer, E., Danyer, A. I, Özbek, Ö. E., Ercan, D., Öztürk, B. (2016.). "The first record of True's beaked whale, Mesoplodon mirus, from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey during multiple strandings in June 2016. ." Journal of Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment 22(2): 194-199. Abstract: Three strandings of beaked whales (Ziphiidae) were observed and reported along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey in June 2016. The first specimen (male, body length: 526 cm) was live stranding in Gökova Gulf on 3 June. The second specimen (male, body length: 510 cm) found stranded on Seferihisar on the Aegean Sea coast on 5 June. The third specimen (male, body length: 472+cm) was found on Yakacık, Gazipaşa on 20 June. They all had two teeth exposed at the tip of the lower jaw. The mouth line and the slender shape of the body are distinct from the Cuvier’s beaked whale, Ziphius cavirostris, which is a common species in the Mediterranean. The preliminary identification of the species based on the external morphology is True’s beaked whale, Mesoplodon mirus True, 1913 which is the new record for the Mediterranean Sea, at least for the first two specimens. The genetic information, however, is strongly needed for the confirmation of this species identification. The reason for these strandings was not prominent but the military activities which took place in the eastern Mediterranean-Aegean region may have some relations.
From: Amaha Ozturk Ayaka [mailto:ayakamaha@hotmail.co.jp] Sent: Friday, October 14, 2016 12:47 PM To: yamada@kahaku.go.jp; Robert L Brownell rlbcetacea@aol.com Cc: Dee Allen dallen@mmc.gov; Mead, James MEADJ@si.edu; atonay@istanbul.edu.tr Subject: Re: beaked whale identifications - Turkey Dear all sorry for my late reply. we have the result of mtDNA but still waiting for core DNA result. but so far they are all identified as Ziphius. We are writing a correction paper now. Best, Ayaka Amaha Ozturk Istanbul University and Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV) From: Amaha Ozturk Ayaka [mailto:ayakamaha@hotmail.co.jp] Sent: Friday, October 14, 2016 12:47 PM To: yamada@kahaku.go.jp; Robert L Brownell rlbcetacea@aol.com Cc: Dee Allen dallen@mmc.gov; Mead, James MEADJ@si.edu; atonay@istanbul.edu.tr Subject: Re: beaked whale identifications - Turkey Dear all sorry for my late reply. we have the result of mtDNA but still waiting for core DNA result. but so far they are all identified as Ziphius. We are writing a correction paper now.
Record Last Modified
8 Dec 2017
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Mammals
Vertebrate Zoology
Collection Date
3 Jun 2016
Other Numbers
Whale Field Number 1 : No Number
USNM Number
STR19590
Collector
Collector Unknown
Ocean/Sea/Gulf
North Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea
Bay/Sound
Aegean Sea
Published Name
Mesoplodon mirus True, 1913
Mesoplodon mirus mirus
Mesoplodon mirum True, 1913
Ziphius cavirostris Cuvier, 1823
Place
Canak Bay, Gökova Gulf (was reported as Marmaris), Mugla, Turkey, Europe, North Atlantic Ocean
Sex
Male
Taxonomy
Animalia Animalia Animalia Animalia Chordata Chordata Chordata Chordata Mammalia Mammalia Mammalia Mammalia Cetacea Cetacea Cetacea Cetacea Ziphiidae Ziphiidae Ziphiidae Ziphiidae
NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Mammals Division