Dwarf Sperm Whale, Kogia sima (Owen, 1866)

This comprehensive species-specific chapter covers all aspects of mammalian biology, including taxonomy, global and European distribution, genetics, morphology, life history, ecology, behavior, parasitology, human threats, and natural impacts on populations. Species conservation management and future research challenges are addressed. The chapter includes a distribution map, a photograph of the animal, and a list of key literature.


Plön, S. and R.W. Baird. 2022. Dwarf Sperm Whale, Kogia sima (Owen, 1866). In: Handbook of the Mammals of Europe. Edited by K. Hackländer and F.E. Zachos. Springer, Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-65038-8_91-1

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