Balaenoptera bertae Boessenecker 2013 (rorqual)

Mammalia - Balaenopteroidea - Balaenopteridae

Full reference: R. W. Boessenecker. 2013. A new marine vertebrate assemblage from the Late Neogene Purisima Formation in Central California, part II: Pinnipeds and Cetaceans. Geodiversitas 35(4):815-939

Belongs to Balaenoptera according to F. G. Marx and R. E. Fordyce 2015

See also Boessenecker 2013

Sister taxa: Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Balaenoptera andrejewi, Balaenoptera bonaerensis, Balaenoptera borealis, Balaenoptera brydei, Balaenoptera cephalus, Balaenoptera davidsonii, Balaenoptera edeni, Balaenoptera fasciata, Balaenoptera grimmi, Balaenoptera musculus, Balaenoptera omurai, Balaenoptera physalus, Balaenoptera ryani, Balaenoptera siberi, Balaenoptera sursiplana

Type specimen: UCMP 219078, a partial skull (partial skull lacking the premaxillae, maxillae, nasals, jugals, tympanic bullae, and bodies of the petrosal). Its type locality is UCMP V99849, San Gregorio section, Half Moon Bay, which is in a Piacenzian coastal sandstone/siltstone in the Purisima Formation of California.

Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Pliocene of United States (2: California collections)

• Miocene of United States (1: California)

Total: 3 collections each including a single occurrence

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