Parabalaenoptera Zeigler et al. 1997 (rorqual)

Mammalia - Balaenopteroidea - Balaenopteridae

Full reference: C. V. Zeigler, G. L. Chan, and L. G. Barnes. 1997. A new late Miocene balaenopterid whale (Cetacea: Mysticeti), Parabalaenoptera baulinensis, (new genus and species) from the Santa Cruz Mudstone, Point Reyes Peninsula, California. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 50(4):115-138

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

See also Berta 2017, Boessenecker and Fordyce 2015, Deméré et al. 2005, Geisler et al. 2011, Geisler and Sanders 2003, Marx and Fordyce 2015, Uhen et al. 2008 and Zeigler et al. 1997

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, Fragilicetus, Hadrosaurus tripos, Incakujira, Megaptera, Megaptera affinis, Megapterinae, Megapteropsis robusta, Miobalaenoptera, Notiocetus, Parabalaenopterinae, Plesiobalaenoptera, Plesiocetus, Praemegaptera, Praemegapterinae, Protororqualus

Subtaxa: Parabalaenoptera baulinensis

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Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Distribution: found only at Balinas Point (Miocene of California)

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