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Delphinapterus (beluga)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Monodontidae

Taxonomy
Delphinapterus was named by Lacépède (1804) [Sepkoski's age data: T Mi-m R Sepkoski's reference number: 1066]. It is extant. Its type is Delphinapterus leucas. It was considered monophyletic by Barnes (1984).

It was synonymized subjectively with Beluga by Rafinesque (1815); it was replaced with Delphinaptera by Bowdich (1821).

It was assigned to Phocaenina by Gray (1825); to Delphininae by Gray (1846) and Flower (1867); to Delphinina by Gray (1868); to Leucodelphini by Brandt (1873); to Phocaeninae by Brandt (1874); to Delphinidae by Gray (1850), Gray (1863), Gray (1866), Scammon and Cope (1869), Gray (1870), Lydekker (1887), Cope (1890), Newton (1891), Gorjanovic-Kramberger (1892), Palmer (1904), Turner (1912) and Kellogg (1928); to Monodontinae by Fraser and Purves (1960) and Scheffer and Rice (1963); to Cetacea by Sepkoski (2002); to Delphinapteridae by Weber (1928) and Buchholtz and Schur (2004); to Delphinapterinae by Gill (1871), Gill (1872), Hay (1902), Trouessart (1904), Miller (1923), Hay (1930), Ellerman and Morrisson-Scott (1951), Kasuya (1973), Barnes (1984), de Muizon (1988), McKenna and Bell (1997), Fordyce and de Muizon (2001) and Whitmore and Kaltenbach (2008); and to Monodontidae by Simpson (1945), Hershkovitz (1966), Reeves and Tracey (1980), Carroll (1988), Stewart and Stewart (1989), Benton (1993), Rice (1998), Geisler and Sanders (2003), Mead and Brownell (2005), Agnarsson and May-Collado (2008), Uhen et al. (2008), Murakami et al. (2014), Marx et al. (2016) and Berta (2017).

Synonyms
Synonymy list
YearName and author
1804Delphinapterus Lacépède p. 243
1804Delphinapterus senedetta Lacépède p. 249
1815Beluga Rafinesque p. 60
1821Delphinaptera Bowdich p. 86
1825Delphinapterus Gray p. 340
1830Delphis Wagler p. 34
1842Agrocetus Gloger
1842Argocetus Gloger p. 169
1846Beluga Gray p. 29
1846Delphinapterus Gray p. 35
1850Beluga Gray p. 77
1850Delphinapterus Gray p. 103
1863Delphinapterus Gray p. 200
1863Beluga Gray p. 201
1864Beluga Gray p. 245
1866Delphinapterus Gray p. 276
1866Beluga Gray p. 306
1867Beluga Flower p. 115
1867Delphinapterus Flower p. 115
1868Delphinapterus Gray p. 6
1868Beluga Gray p. 9
1869Beluga Scammon and Cope p. 21
1869Delphinapterus Scammon and Cope p. 21
1870Delphinapterus Gray p. 772
1870Beluga Gray p. 773
1871Delphinapterus Gill p. 125
1872Delphinapterus Gill p. 95
1873Delphinapterus Brandt p. 234
1874Delphinapterus Brandt p. II
1887Delphinapterus Lydekker p. 78
1890Delphinapterus Cope p. 609
1891Delphinapterus Newton p. 79
1892Delphinapterus Gorjanovic-Kramberger p. 14
1902Delphinapterus Hay p. 594
1904Argocetus Palmer p. 120
1904Beluga Palmer p. 136
1904Delphinapterus Palmer p. 220
1904Delphinapterus Trouessart p. 771
1905Beluga Abel p. 129
1912Delphinapterus Turner p. 102
1923Delphinapterus Miller p. 40
1925Beluga Zittel p. 87
1928Delphinapterus Kellogg p. 33 figs. Table 1
1928Delphinapterus Weber p. 389
1930Delphinapterus Hay p. 593
1945Delphinapterus Simpson p. 103
1951Delphinapterus Ellerman and Morrisson-Scott p. 727
1960Delphinapterus Fraser and Purves p. 112 figs. Figure 26
1963Delphinapterus Scheffer and Rice p. 5
1966Delphinapterus Hershkovitz p. 108
1973Delphinapterus Kasuya p. 61
1980Delphinapterus Reeves and Tracey p. 1
1984Delphinapterus Barnes p. 13
1988Delphinapterus Carroll
1988Delphinapterus de Muizon p. 162
1989Delphinapterus Stewart and Stewart p. 1
1993Delphinapterus Benton p. 762
1997Delphinapterus McKenna and Bell p. 389
1998Delphinapterus Rice p. 96
2001Delphinapterus Fordyce and de Muizon p. 179
2002Delphinapterus Sepkoski, Jr.
2003Delphinapterus Geisler and Sanders p. 28
2004Delphinapterus Buchholtz and Schur p. 384 figs. Figure 1
2005Delphinapterus Mead and Brownell p. 735
2008Delphinapterus Agnarsson and May-Collado p. 981 figs. Fig. 5
2008Delphinapterus Uhen et al. p. 590
2008Delphinapterus Whitmore and Kaltenbach p. 228
2014Delphinapterus Murakami et al. p. 492 figs. Figure 7
2016Delphinapterus Marx et al. p. 136
2017Delphinapterus Berta p. 164

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
OlfactoresJefferies 1991
subphylumVertebrata
Gnathostomata()
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
RankNameAuthor
Synapsida()
Therapsida()
infraorderCynodontia()
Epicynodontia
infraorderEucynodontia
Probainognathia
Mammaliamorpha
Mammaliaformes
classMammalia
orderArtiodactyla()
Cetacea()
Pelagiceti
Neoceti
Odontoceti()
infraorderDelphinida
superfamilyDelphinoidea
familyMonodontidae
genusDelphinapterus

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
No diagnoses are available