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Jeju Island, South Korea, Asia, North Pacific Ocean
Collection Date:
5 May 2013
Specimen Count:
Sun Min Kim, K. Y. E., Jin Woo Oh, Young Ran Lee, Mi Hyun Yoo, Shino Kitamura, Yuko Tajima, Tadasu Yamada, Byung Yeob Kim, Hee Jeong Youn, Junpei Kimura (2019). "First record of Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon ginkgodens) stranded in Korea." The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science 23 ms pp. ABSTRACT - Two stranded whales were found dead on the coast of Jeju, South Korea. Based on the outer appearance and autopsy findings, one was determined to be an adult and the other a calf. The carcasses were dissected for species identification and pathological examination. A genetic analysis was performed, and the morphological characteristics of the skull observed. Then, 448 bp of the 5′ half of the mitochondrial (mt) DNA control region and 413 bp of the mtDNA cytochrome b gene were sequenced. A BLAST search revealed that the whales were ginkgo-toothed beaked whales (Mesoplodon ginkgodens). Morphological comparison of the adult skull with the holotype specimen confirmed the result. This is the first record of a stranded ginkgo-toothed beaked whale in Korea.
Record Last Modified:
17 Jul 2019
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Cetacea Ziphiidae
Published Name:
Mesoplodon ginkgodens Nishiwaki & Kamiya, 1958
Other Numbers:
Whale Field Number 1 : KJ1181
Whale Field Number 2 : KJ1182
USNM Number:
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Vertebrate Zoology
Data Source:
NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Mammals Division