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Temporal range: Late Oligocene. 24.2–23.6Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Balaenopteridae (?)
Genus: Mauicetus
Benham, 1939
Type species
Lophocephalus parki
Benham, 1937

Lophocephalus Benham, 1937

Mauicetus is a genus of extinct baleen whale from the Late Oligocene of New Zealand.


Mauicetus was originally named Lophocephalus by William Benham, but that name was already used for a beetle, and Benham provided the replacement name Mauicetus. Three more species were named in 1956: M. brevicollis, M. lophocephalus, and M. waitakiensis. Nowadays, Mauicetus parki is considered a stem-balaenopteroid, while M. lophocephalus and M. waitakiensis have been reclassified in Eomysticetidae, with M. lophocephalus and M. waitakiensis being assigned to Tokarahia and Tohoraata.

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