from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of cetaceans; the sperm-whales: so called from having under teeth only, or teeth only in the lower jaw: now superseded by Physeter.
  • n. A genus of ophidians, giving name to the Catodonta.


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  • Several species of baleen whales, among them the fin and humpback whales Balaenoptera physalus (EN) and Megaptera novaeangliae (VU), and toothed whales, including sperm Physeter catodon (VU), pilot and killer whales are regularly seen.

    Galápagos National Park & Galápagos Marine Resources Reserve, Ecuador

  • The main target species were fin ( '' Balaenoptera physalus ''), sei ( '' B. borealis ''), and sperm ( '' Physeter catodon '') whales and the average yearly catches were 234, 68, and 76 animals respectively.

    Fisheries and aquaculture in the Central North Atlantic (Iceland and Greenland)

  • Notable marine mammals include blue whale Balaenoptera musculus (E) and sperm whale Physeter catodon, which are occasionally observed, as well as 10 species of dolphin and dugong Dugong dugon (V).

    Komodo National Park, Indonesia

  • (Physeter catodon) (including bottlenose whales) (1) Killer

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

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  • Of the men he had no worry, for the cousins the orca would stay near them, professing friendship for them and dislike for the catodon, and report whatever they were about.


  • Cora found herself wondering at their perception of time, since a healthy catodon could live well over a hundred years, as this patriarch probably already had.


  • Smartest of all was the catodon, he thought, but cleverest was the orca.


  • Just because the orca no longer eats the catodon doesn't mean they've grown to love one another.


  • Cora wondered what could do such damage to an intelligent catodon, larger and leagues smarter than its ancient Terran progenitor who had warred eternally with the giant kraken.



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