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Species profile—Physeter macrocephalus (sperm whale)

Classification

Animalia (animals) → Mammalia (mammals) → Physeteridae (sperm whales) → Physeter macrocephalus (sperm whale)

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Species details

Kingdom
Animalia (animals)
Class
Mammalia (mammals)
Family
Physeteridae (sperm whales)
Scientific name
Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758
Common name
sperm whale
Type reference
Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Holmiae : Laurentii Salvii Tom. 1 824 pp.
WildNet taxon ID
1015
Synonym(s)
Physeter catodon
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Least concern
Back on Track (BoT) status
Low
Conservation significant
Yes
Endemicity
Native
Pest status
Nil
Species environment
Marine

Other resources

Online Zoological Collections of Australian Museums (OZCAM)
Atlas of Living Australia

Data source

This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0
https://apps.des.qld.gov.au/species/?op=getspeciesbyid&taxonid=1015

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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Licence
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Last updated
23 October 2019
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