Beaked Whale Identification Guide

Tooth position
Teeth are located at the apex of the mandible and are directly anteriorally and dorsally. Occasionally there are small vestigial teeth in the gums or a second pair of slightly enlarged teeth posterior to the apical pair.

Tooth exposure
Teeth erupt in adult males and extend beyond the rostrum. Teeth do not erupt in females or juveniles.

Tooth shape
Teeth are conical and sharply pointed.
Ziphius cavirostris - Apical teeth
Mature males
USNM 571262 (left) - USNM 49599 (middle) - USNM 504294 (right)
Note variation in shape
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