Baculums in cetaceans?

From: Phil Clapham (
Date: Wed Oct 17 2001 - 07:26:46 EDT


No, they don't. Bacula (presumably the plural of baculum, though since
it's not exactly a word used in everyday conversation - well, not MY
everyday conversation, anyway - one doesnt get much of a chance to
practise this particular Latin plural!)... bacula are found among only
pinnipeds (seals and their ilk) and sea otters. Neither cetaceans nor
sirenians (manatees and dugongs) have bacula.

And yes, the walrus' baculum is impressive (you didn't ask that, but I'm
sure you were wondering!)


Robert Schmidt wrote:
> Hello Phil-- Would you know if cetaceans have baculums? Thanks so much,.
> Jean -- rschmidt 3 @cinci

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