Fragilicetus Bisconti and Bosselaers 2016 (rorqual)

Mammalia - Mysticeti - Balaenopteridae

Full reference: M. Bisconti and M. Bosselaers. 2016. Fragilicetus velponi: a new mysticete genus and species and its implications for the origin of Balaenopteridae (Mammalia, Cetacea, Mysticeti). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 177:450-474

Parent taxon: Balaenopteridae according to M. Bisconti and M. Bosselaers 2016

See also Berta 2017 and Govender 2019

Sister taxa: Agaphelinae, Archaebalaenoptera, Balaena affinis, Balaena definata, Balaena emarginata, Balaena gibbosa, Balaenoptera, Balaenoptera borealina, Balaenoptera musculoides, Balaenoptera portisii, Balaenoptera rostratella, Balaenoptera sibbaldina, Balaenoptera taiwanica, Balaenopterinae, Cetotheriophanes, Delphinus brachyspondylus, Diunatans, Eobalaenoptera, Eschrichtiinae, Hadrosaurus tripos, Incakujira, Megaptera, Megaptera affinis, Megapterinae, Megapteropsis robusta, Miobalaenoptera, Nehalaennia, Notiocetus, Parabalaenoptera, Parabalaenopterinae, Plesiobalaenoptera, Plesiocetus, Praemegaptera, Praemegapterinae, Protororqualus

Subtaxa: Fragilicetus velponi

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Type: Fragilicetus velponi

Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Pliocene of the Netherlands (1 collection), South Africa (1)

Total: 2 collections each including a single occurrence

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