Order : Cetacea
Suborder : Odontoceti
Family : Ziphiidae
Species : Mesoplodon layardii
The Layard's beaked whale, strap-toothed whale is listed as Data Deficient (DD), inadequate information to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the straptoothed whaleA young / baby of a straptoothed whale is called a 'calf'. The females are called 'cow' and males 'bull'. A straptoothed whale group is called a 'gam, pod or herd'.
CountriesArgentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, South Africa and Uruguay
Facts about the strap-toothed whale
Biology and Behaviour One of the largest of the beaked whales, the Strap-toothed Whale is also one of the few Mesoplodon species that can be readily identified at sea.
Description: Male strap-toothed whales are easy to spot at sea because they have two huge teeth growing out of their bottom jaws.
Distribution: Strap-toothed whales are known to inhabit cold waters around the coasts of New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, South Africa, Namibia, the Falkland Islands, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
Strap-Toothed Whales are a little known species whose teeth grow up and over the upper jaw!
Strap-toothed whales are commonly stranded, but little has been learned from the few sightings of live animals.
Strap-toothed whales are large, with strong, dark and light markings and scarring.
The conservation status of the Strap-toothed Whale is insufficiently known to science.
The Strap-toothed Whale is a [CITIES-listed Endangered Species]
Strap-toothed Whales are known from at least ninety records. (Full text)
The Strap Toothed Whale (Mesoplodon layardii) is the (Full text)
This strap-toothed whale is one of the beaker whales. (Full text)More animals beginning with S