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Temporal range: Zanclean – Recent
Physeter macrocephalus - skeleton.jpg
Skeleton of a sperm whale, the only extant member of the genus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Physeteridae
Subfamily: Physeterinae
Genus: Physeter
Linnaeus, 1758

Physeter is a genus of toothed whales containing a single living species, the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus).[2] Two fossil species are currently known that are placed in the same genus: Physeter antiquus (5.3 – 2.6 mya) from the Pliocene of France,[3] and Physeter vetus (2.6 mya – 12 ka) from the Quaternary of Georgia.[4]


  1. ^ "Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus 1758 (sperm whale)". Fossilworks: Gateway to the Paleobiology Database. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Physeter Linnaeus 1758 (sperm whale)". Fossilworks.
  3. ^ "Physeter antiquus Gervais 1849". Fossilworks.
  4. ^ "Physeter vetus Leidy 1869". Fossilworks.