Beaked Whale Identification Guide
Tooth position
A single pair of teeth is located at the apex of the lower jaw. These incline forward at 45 degrees. These teeth are conical, incline forward at 45 degrees, and do not erupt above the gumline in adult females or juveniles. Female teeth were oval in cross section at their base. Though no adult male specimens have been described it is likely the teeth erupt beyond the gumline and are also oval in cross section.

Tooth exposure
These teeth do not erupt above the gumline in adult females or juveniles.Though no adult male specimens have been described it is likely the teeth erupt beyond the gumline.

Tooth shape
Teeth are conical and oval in cross section.
Indopacetus pacificus - Tooth
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