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Ziphius cavirostris (Cuvier's Beaked Whale; goosebeak whale; goose-beaked whale)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Cuvier's beaked whale or the goose-beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), the only member of the genus Ziphius, is the most widely distributed of all the beaked whales. Though it is pelagic, prefers water deeper than 1,000 m (3,300 ft), and avoids ships, it is still one of the most frequently spotted beaked whales. The species name comes from Greek xiphos, "sword", and Latin cavus, "hollow" and rostrum, "beak", referring to the indentation on the head in front of the blowhole.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 12.81
EDGE Score: 2.63


Gestation [2]  1 year
Litter Size [2]  1
Maximum Longevity [2]  62 years
Snout to Vent Length [4]  28 feet (850 cm)
Water Biome [1]  Benthic, Coastal
Adult Weight [2]  2.977 tons (2,701.00 kg)
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Fish [3]  20 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  80 %
Forages - Marine [3]  100 %

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Orcinus orca (Killer Whale)[5]


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External References

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Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
6CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database
7Insights into the diet of beaked whales from the atypical mass stranding in the Canary Islands in September 2002, M.B. Santos, V. Martin, M. Arbelo, A. Fernández and G.J. Pierce, J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. (2007), 87, 243–251
8Niche Partitioning, Distribution And Competition In North Atlantic Beaked Whales, Colin D. MacLeod, A thesis submitted to the School of Biological Sciences for a degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK. January 2005
9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0