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Toothed whales
Temporal range: Eocene – Recent
Bottlenose Dolphin
Scientific classification

The Odontoceti are a suborder of the cetaceans. They are the toothed whales.

The Odontoceti includes all the whales which eat prey larger than plankton. As the name suggests, the suborder has teeth rather than the baleen of Mysticeti whales. This means they are predators of small to large sized prey. By means of co-operation, Killer Whales can take prey larger than themselves, up to and including Blue Whale calves.

There are about 73 species.[1][2]



  1. Perrin, William F., ed. (2009) (2 ed.). Academic Press. p. 1173. ISBN 978-0-12-3733553-9 .
  2. Reeves R. et al. 2003. Dolphins, whales, and porpoises. IUCN Species Survival Commission Specialists Group.