Balaenoptera sursiplana Cope 1895 (rorqual)

Mammalia - Balaenopteroidea - Balaenopteridae

Full reference: E. D. Cope. 1895. Fourth contribution to the marine fauna of the Miocene Period of the United States. Proceedings of the American Philosphical Society 34:135-155

Belongs to Balaenoptera according to M. Bisconti 2007

See also Abel 1938, Allen 1916, Case 1904, Cope 1895, Hay 1902, Hay 1930, Trouessart 1898 and Trouessart 1904

Sister taxa: Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Balaenoptera andrejewi, Balaenoptera bertae, 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

Type specimen: USNM 9347, a partial skull (auditory bulla)

Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Distribution: found only at Gay Head marine (Miocene of Massachusetts)

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