Marine Mammals Information Database :Illustrated Guide of Marine Mammals

Cuvier's beaked whale

Scientific Name : Ziphius cavirostris / Japanese Name : akabou-kujira


Order Cetacea
Suborder Odontoceti
Family Ziphiidae
Genus Ziphius
Species cavirostris
Subspecies -
Subtype -
CITES Appendix II IUCN RedData Status Least Concern
Baleen plates or tooth-Upper jaw - Baleen plates or tooth-Lower jaw 1
At birth At weaning Adult Adult male Adult female
大きさ 6.5-10ft - 22.0-23.0ft - -
重さ - - 2-3t - -
Feature and Habit
Contour line from the inconspicuous beak to the forehead is smooth. They have a depression behind the blowhole. The dorsal fin locates two-third of the body length from the tip of rostrum. A pair of conical teeth erupt at the tip of the lower jaw in (ripe) mature male not in females and immature males). Body color is variable, gray to brown, yellow-ish brown, and white. As they grow up, their body Body colors change to white as they grow older. They (often) usually have many white scratches or round (hurt) scars. They inhabit in offshore waters.
Stranding Record(s) in Japan

Marine Mammals Skull Database

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Sex - Reproductive Condition adult
Body length - Locality Sagami Bay, Shizuoka Pre
Museum No. - Other No. -

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