Hydramnios in a lactating pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps) stranded in Washington: post-mortem findings and implications from a stranded calf. Learn more about the Pygmy sperm whale – with amazing Pygmy sperm whale photos and facts on Arkive. Kogia breviceps (de Blainville, ) is a cetacean commonly called the pygmy sperm whale. A diminutive relative of the sperm whale and.

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ADW: Kogia breviceps: INFORMATION

Johns Hopkins University Press. Breaching has been observed, but is not common. Calves are about 1. Cetacean stranding response in Washington with special attention to gray whales and harbor porpoise.

Pygmy sperm whale

Atlantic white-sided dolphin L. Joint Nature Conservation Committee. The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support.

They are a paler grey on the belly. Other Physical Features endothermic bilateral symmetry Average mass kg Moderately large square head with projecting lower jaw. Dive duration is unknown Kinze, Chemical contaminants in marine mammals from Washington State. Biogeographic Regions indian ocean native atlantic ocean native pacific ocean native Habitat K.


No specimens have ever been maintained permanently in captivity, and, temporary holding of stranded individuals has rarely been nonlethal. It is an easily recognisable small whale with a stocky body reaching up to 4 m in length. They are not often sighted at sea, and most of what is known about them comes from the examination of stranded specimens. Society for Marine Mammalogy. False killer whale P. CS1 French-language sources fr CS1 maint: Iniidae Inia Amazon river dolphin I.

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Unique from other odontocetes, the spermaceti organ contacts the posterior of the whale’s melon. Rev Fish Biol Fisheries. Additional information Pygmy sperm whales are usually found either alone, or in kogis groups of up to 5 individuals.

Geographic Range Kogia breviceps is confined to warmer waters Minasian et al. The calf stays with its mother and is nursed for about 12 months.

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Marine Mammals of the World: The pygmy sperm has between bgeviceps and 32 teeth, all of which are set into the rostral part of the lower jaw. The dorsal fin rbeviceps very small and hooked; its size is considerably smaller than that of the dwarf sperm whale and may be used for diagnostic purposes.

Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Northern bottlenose whale H.

Pantropical spotted dolphin S. Physeter Sperm whale P. Mating usually takes place in the summer.

Pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps)

This species is featured in: Both the melon and the spermaceti organ are encased in a thick fibrous coat, resembling a bursa. Ziphiidae Beaked whales Berardius Arnoux’s beaked whale B. They are relatively uncommon so few are taken by the Japanese and an occasinal one is take by Indonesians http: