Category of Organisms Marine Mammals
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum/Division Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Ziphiidae
Genus Mesoplodon
Species ginkgodens
Binomial Name
Mesoplodon ginkgodens
Author Nishiwaki and Kamiya, 1958
Common Name Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale
Local Name  
Size Range
Both of the genders reach 4.9 meters (16 feet) in length. They are around 2.4 meters long (8 feet) when born.

Environment/Habitat
Ginkgo-toothed whales are found in the tropical and warm temperate waters of the Indo-Pacific. Like other species in the genus, ginkgo-toothed beaked whales are thought to occur primarily in deep, offshore waters.
Importance/Value
 
Resilience
 
Endemic No
Found in Marine Park No
Found in Malaysia Yes
Distribution
 
Morphology/Character
Ginkgo-toothed Beaked Whales are more robust than most mesoplodonts, but otherwise look fairly typical. Halfway through the jaw, there is a sharp curve up where the ginko leaf shaped tooth is. Unlike other species such as Blainville's Beaked Whale and Andrews' Beaked Whale, the teeth do not arch over the rostrum. The beak itself is of a moderately long length. The coloration is overall dark gray on males with light patches on the front half of the beak and around the head, and also have small white spots on the bottom of the tail, but the location may be variable. Females are a lighter gray and have countershading.

Biology
These whales are presumed to be primarily squid eaters but may also take some fish.
Miscellaneaous
 
Status in IUCN Red List Data Deficient (DD)
Status in CITES Species Database II
Researcher(s)  
Reference(s)
RALF KIEFNER, WHALES & DOLPHINS CETACEAN WORLD GUIDE, PUBLISHED BY IKAN, Page: 280
Other Link(s)
Collection Record