Megaptera Gray 1846 (humpback whale)

Mammalia - Balaenopteroidea - Balaenopteridae

Synonyms: Cyphobalaena Marschall 1873, Kyphobalaena Eschricht , Megaptera (Poescopia) Gray 1864, Perqualus Gray 1846, Poescopia Gray 1864

Full reference: J. E. Gray. 1846. On the cetaceous animals. The zoology of the voyage of H. M. S. Erebus and Terror, under the command of Capt. Sir J. C. Ross, R. N., F. R. S., during the years 1839 to 1843 1 & 2:1-53

Parent taxon: Balaenopteridae according to F. G. Marx et al. 2016

See also Agnarsson and May-Collado 2008, Ameghino 1889, Barnes 1977, Bergqvist et al. 1999, Bisconti 2008, Boessenecker and Fordyce 2015, Bouetel and Muizon 2006, Brandt 1873, Carroll 1988, Clapham and Mead 1999, Cope 1868, Cope 1890, Ekdale et al. 2011, Ellerman and Morrisson-Scott 1951, Flower 1865, Flower 1867, Fraser and Purves 1960, Geisler et al. 2011, Geisler and Sanders 2003, Gill 1871, Gray 1846, Gray 1850, Gray 1863, Gray 1864, Gray 1866, Gray 1868, Hay 1902, Hay 1930, Hershkovitz 1966, Kellogg 1928, Lydekker 1887, Marx and Fordyce 2015, McKenna and Bell 1997, Mead and Brownell 2005, Miller 1923, Newton 1891, Palmer 1904, Rice 1998, Scammon and Cope 1869, Scheffer and Rice 1963, Sepkoski 2002, Sherman 1952, Simpson 1945, Steeman 2007, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, True 1912, Turner 1912, Uhen et al. 2008, Vidal 1991, Weber 1928 and Whitmore and Kaltenbach 2008

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, Diunatans, Eobalaenoptera, Eschrichtiinae, Fragilicetus, Hadrosaurus tripos, Incakujira, Megaptera affinis, Megapterinae, Megapteropsis robusta, Notiocetus, Parabalaenoptera, Parabalaenopterinae, Plesiobalaenoptera, Plesiocetus, Praemegaptera, Praemegapterinae, Protororqualus, Pterobalaena, Rorqualus

Subtaxa: Megaptera brachychira Megaptera hubachi Megaptera miocaena Megaptera mysticetoides Megaptera novaeangliae

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Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Angola (1 collection), Antarctica (1), Brazil (2), Canada (2: Ontario, Quebec), Denmark (3), India (1), Japan (3), New Caledonia (1), Peru (1), Svalbard and Jan Mayen (1), Taiwan (1), the United Arab Emirates (1), United States (3: Maine, Oregon, South Carolina)

• Pliocene of Australia (4), Chile (2), Italy (1), Japan (2), United States (3: Florida, North Carolina)

• Neogene of South Pacific (1)

• Miocene of Australia (1), Japan (2), United States (1: California)

Total: 38 collections including 39 occurrences

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