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Sperm Whale

The species Physeter catodon (also called Physeter macrocephalus), in the family Physeteridae. The common name is derived from the milky wax substance in its head (spermaceti). The species also produces an intestinal secretion AMBERGRIS, which was previously used in perfumes. The sperm whale is the largest toothed MAMMAL in the world.

Year introduced: 2006



Large marine mammals of the order CETACEA. In the past, they were commercially valued for whale oil, for their flesh as human food and in ANIMAL FEED and FERTILIZERS, and for baleen. Today, there is a moratorium on most commercial whaling, as all species are either listed as endangered or threatened.

Year introduced: 1991(1975)


Spedian 2M [Supplementary Concept]

spermaceti oil prep from ''spermaceti cysts'' of sperm whales; anti-ulcer agent

Date introduced: January 1, 1978


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