Short Finned Pilot Whale Skull Replica

$649.00

The skull of the Short Finned Pilot Whale has a shorter and broader rostrum with a premaxilla that covers more of the maxilla. By contrast, the long finned Pilot Whale’s skull has a more elongated rostrum and a more exposed maxilla.

Description

Short Finned Pilot Whale Skull Replica measures 20.9 inches. Short Finned Pilot Whale Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Cast of California Academy of Science specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Pilot Whale or Globiocephala macrorhyncus from the waters of the temperate and tropical world. They are also called Blackfish or Pothead Whale.

The skull of the short-finned Pilot Whale has a shorter and broader rostrum with a premaxilla that covers more of the maxilla. Short-finned Pilot Whale with its 7 to 9 teeth in each row and flippers one-sixth of total body length.

Pilot Whale or Globiocephala macrorhyncus feed primarily on squid, but will also hunt large demersal fish such as cod and turbot.

Pilot Whale or Globiocephala macrorhyncus are highly social and may remain with their birth pod throughout their lifetime.

Long-finned and short-finned Pilot Whale or Globiocephala macrorhyncus are so similar, it is difficult to tell the two species apart. They were traditionally differentiated by the length of the pectoral flippers relative to total body length and the number of teeth.

The long finned Pilot Whale was thought to have 9 to 12 teeth in each row and flippers one-fifth of total body length, compared to the short-finned Pilot Whale with its 7 to 9 teeth in each row and flippers one sixth of total body length.

Studies of whales in the Atlantic showed much overlap in these characteristics between the species, making them clines instead of distinctive features. Thus, biologists have since used skull differences to distinguish the two species.

The skull of the Short Finned Pilot Whale has a shorter and broader rostrum with a premaxilla that covers more of the maxilla. By contrast, the long finned Pilot Whale’s skull has a more elongated rostrum and a more exposed maxilla.

On average, Pilot Whale or Globiocephala macrorhyncus only have 40 to 48 teeth, about one third the amount seen in other dolphins.

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Additional information

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 20.9 in
Short Finned Pilot Whale Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Delphinidae
Genus: Globicephala
Conservation status: Least concerned