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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Sperm Whale Teeth
Credit: USFWS.

Sperm Whale Teeth

Common Name: Sperm Whale
Scientific Name: Physeter catodon
Protected Status: U.S. ESA - Endangered; Marine Mammal Act; CITES - APP.I.
Laboratory Section: Morphology
What’s the Story? Sperm whales have teeth in the lower jaw that can exceed 7cm in height; the upper teeth are vestigial and do not erupt much above the gum line.


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