Phylogeography of the finless porpoise (genus Neophocaena): testing the stepwise divergence hypothesis in the northwestern Pacific

Lin, Wenzhi; Frère, Céline H.; Karczmarski, Leszek; Xia, Jia; Gui, Duan; Wu, Yuping
Scientific Reports (2014)

We used 344 mitochondrial control region (717 bp) sequences from the finless porpoise (genus Neophocaena) from the northwestern Pacific to investigate the extent and manner in which past climatic oscillations may…


Two new extinct basal phocoenids (Cetacea, Odontoceti, Delphinoidea), from the upper Miocene Koetoi Formation of Japan and their phylogenetic significance

Murakami, Mizuki; Shimada, Chieko; Hikida, Yoshinori; Hirano, Hiromichi
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (2012)

Two new extinct porpoises—Archaeophocaena teshioensis, gen. et sp. nov., and Miophocaena nishinoi, gen. et sp. nov.—are described from the upper Miocene Koetoi Formation (5.5–6.4 Ma) of Hokkaido, Northern Japan. The…


Comparative morphology of porpoise (Cetacea: Phocoenidae) pterygoid sinuses: Phylogenetic and functional implications

Racicot, Rachel A.; Berta, Annalisa
Journal of Morphology (2012)

High-resolution X-ray computed tomographic scans were used to examine pterygoid sinus morphology within extant porpoise species and one delphinid (Tursiops truncatus), in order to consider: 1) intraspecific and interspecific variation…


Ultrastructure of enamel and dentine in extant dolphins (Cetacea: Delphinoidea and Inioidea)

Loch, Carolina; Duncan, Warwick; Simões-Lopes, Paulo C.; Kieser, Jules A.; Fordyce, R. Ewan
Zoomorphology (2012)

Longitudinal and cross sections of teeth from 17 species of the Recent dolphins (Delphinoidea and Inioidea) were examined under scanning electron microscope to study the arrangement and ultrastructure of dental…


Revision of the taxonomy of finless porpoises (genus Neophocaena): the existence of two species

Jefferson, Thomas A.; Wang, John Y.
Journal of Marine Animals and Their Ecology (2011)

Due to extensive morphological variation and inadequately-sampled or poorly-designed studies, the taxonomy of the finless porpoises (genus Neophocaena) has been controversial for some time. An uneasy stability with the arrangement…


Predation by killer whales (Orcinus orca) and the evolution of whistle loss and narrow-band high frequency clicks in odontocetes

Morisaka, T.; Connor, R. C.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2007)

A disparate selection of toothed whales (Odontoceti) share striking features of their acoustic repertoires including the absence of whistles and high frequency but weak (low peak-to-peak source level) clicks that…