Taxon profile


Sperm Whale
Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Cetartiodactyla - even-toed ungulates »  family Physeteridae

Scientific synonyms

Catodon (Meganeuron) krefftii Gray, 1865
Catodon australis Wall, 1851
Catodon macrocephalus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Physeter australasianus Desmoulins, 1822
Physeter catodon Linnaeus, 1758
Physeter orthodon

Other names

= Giant Sperm Whale
= Spermwhale

IUCN category:Vulnerable


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Intertaxon relationships

predator: Orcinus orca (Linnaeus, 1758) - Killer Whale

Links and literature

EN ABRS (2009): Australian Faunal Directory [], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758]
EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013.2 [41755]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [] [as Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 27 January 2014
EN Wilson D. E., Reeder D. M. (editors) (2005): Mammal Species of the World (MSW). A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed) [] [as Physeter catodon Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 5 December 2008
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Physeter catodon Linnaeus, 1758]

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