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CAVS: 1587

Species Ziphius cavirostris Cuvier, 1823

Cuvier's Beaked Whale



New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Circumglobal except polar seas.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12), Tasman Basin Province (13), Central Eastern Transition (15), Kenn Transition (16), Kenn Province (17), Northeast Province (18), Northeast Transition (19), Timor Province (2), Northwest Transition (3), Northwest Province (4), Northeast Shelf Transition (41), Central Western Transition (5), Central Western Province (6), Southwest Transition (7), Southern Province (8), West Tasmania Transition (9)

Ecological Descriptors

Gregarious, oceanic, pelagic, predator.

Extra Ecological Information

Diet includes cephalopods and deep water fish.


General References

Aitken, P.F. 1971. Whales from the coast of South Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 95: 95-103

Bannister, J.L., Kemper, C.M. & Warneke, R.M. 1996. The Action Plan for Australian Cetaceans. Canberra : Australian Nature Conservation Agency 242 pp.

Bryden, M.M. 1978. Whales and whaling in Queensland waters. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 89: v-xviii

Dalebout, M.L., Robertson, K.M., Frantzis, A., et al. 2005. Worldwide structure of mtDNA diversity among Cuvier's beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris); implications for threatened populations. Molecular Ecology 14: 3353-3371

Dalebout, M.L., van Helden, A., van Waerebeek, K. & Baker, C.S. 1998. Molecular genetic identification of southern hemisphere beaked whales. Molecular Ecology 7: 687-694

Gaskin, D.E. 1972. Whales, Dolphins and Seals, with Special Reference to the New Zealand Region. London : Heinemann 200 pp.

Guiler, E.R. 1978. Whale strandings in Tasmania since 1945 with notes on some seal reports. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 112: 189-213

Heyning, J.E. 1989. Cuvier's beaked whale, Ziphius cavirostris G. Cuvier, 1823. pp. 289-308 in Ridgway, S.H. & Harrison, R.J. (eds). Handbook of Marine Mammals. Volume 4. River dolphins and the larger toothed whales. London : Academic Press 442 pp.

Johnson, M., Madsen, P., Zimmer, W., de Soto, N. & Tyack, P. 2004. Beaked whales echolocate on prey. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (B) 271: 383-386

Leatherwood, S. & Reeves, R.R. 1983. The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins. San Francisco : Sierra Club Books xviii 302 pp.

Warneke, R.M. 1983. Whale stranding — accident or design. Australian Natural History 21: 43-47

Watson, L. 1981. Sea Guide to Whales of the World. London : Hutchinson 302 pp.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
16-Dec-2010 16-Dec-2010 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)