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Delphinapterus leucas (beluga whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Monodontidae

Taxonomy
Delphinus leucas was named by Pallas (1776) [no type specimen designated ]. It is extant. Its type locality is Ob River mouth, which is in a Holocene estuary/bay horizon in the Russian Federation. It is the type species of Delphinapterus.

It was replaced with Beluga borealis by Lesson (1828); it was recombined as Delphinapterus leucas by Flower (1885), Lydekker (1887), Newton (1891), Hay (1902), Trouessart (1904), Turner (1912), Hay (1930), Scheffer and Rice (1963), Hershkovitz (1966), Stewart and Stewart (1989), Rice (1998), Mead and Brownell (2005), Agnarsson and May-Collado (2008) and Uhen et al. (2008).

Synonyms
Synonymy list
YearName and author
1776Balaena albicans Muller p. 7
1776Delphinus leucas Pallas p. 85
1804Catodon albicans Lacépède p. 218
1804Delphinapterus beluga Lacépède p. 243
1820Delphinus albians Nilsson p. 243
1821Delphinus leucaster Gray p. 310
1822Delphinus canadensis Desmarest
1827Delphinus kingii Gray p. 235
1828Catodon sibbaldi Fleming p. 29
1828Beluga glacialis Lesson p. 194
1828Beluga borealis Lesson p. 440
1828Catodon canadensis Lesson p. 440
1829Delphinus canadensis Fischer p. 505
1829Delphinus kingii Fischer p. 513
1829Delphinus leucas Fischer p. 513
1846Beluga catodon Gray p. 29
1846Beluga kingii Gray p. 30
1846Inia canadensis Gray p. 45
1847Delphinus leucas Nilsson p. 614
1850Beluga catodon Gray p. 77
1850Beluga kingii Gray p. 79
1850Delphinus vermontana Thompson p. 262
1853Delphinus vermontanus Pictet p. 382
1853Beluga vermontana Thompson p. 15
1865Beluga rhinodon Cope p. 29
1865Beluga declivis Cope p. 274
1865Delphinapterus concreta Cope p. 278
1866Beluga angustata Cope p. 293
1866Beluga kingii Gray p. 309
1868Beluga kingii Gray p. 9
1869Beluga declivis Scammon and Cope p. 23
1885Delphinapterus leucas Flower pp. 14-15
1887Delphinapterus leucas Lydekker p. 78
1890Delphinapterus vermontanus Cope p. 616
1891Delphinapterus leucas Newton p. 79
1898Delphinapterus vermontana Trouessart p. 1051
1902Delphinapterus leucas Hay p. 594
1902Delphinapterus vermontana Hay p. 594
1904Delphinapterus vermontana Trouessart p. 771
1904Delphinapterus kingi Trouessart p. 772
1904Delphinapterus leucas Trouessart p. 772
1908Delphinapterus vermontanus Perkins p. 77
1912Delphinapterus leucas Turner p. 103
1930Delphinapterus leucas Hay p. 593
1930Delphinapterus vermontanus Hay p. 594
1935Delphinapterus freimani Klumov p. 26
1935Delphinapterus dorofeevi Klumov and Barabash p. 24
1935Delphinapterus marisalbi Ostroumov
1963Delphinapterus leucas Scheffer and Rice p. 5
1966Delphinapterus leucas Hershkovitz p. 391
1989Delphinapterus leucas Stewart and Stewart p. 1
1998Delphinapterus leucas Rice p. 96
2005Delphinapterus leucas Mead and Brownell p. 735
2008Delphinapterus leucas Agnarsson and May-Collado p. 981 figs. Fig. 5
2008Delphinapterus leucas Uhen et al. p. 590

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Synapsida()
RankNameAuthor
Therapsida()
infraorderCynodontia()
Epicynodontia
infraorderEucynodontia
Probainognathia
Mammaliamorpha
Mammaliaformes
classMammalia
orderArtiodactyla()
Cetacea()
Pelagiceti
Neoceti
Odontoceti()
infraorderDelphinida
superfamilyDelphinoidea
familyMonodontidae
genusDelphinapterus
speciesleucas(Pallas 1776)

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