Balaenoptera physalus Linnaeus 1758 (fin whale)

Mammalia - Balaenopteroidea - Balaenopteridae

Alternative combinations: Balaena physalus, Balaenoptera physalis

Synonyms: Balaena (Balaenoptera) tschudii Reichenbach 1846, Balaena antiquorum Fischer 1829, Balaena boops Linnaeus 1758, Balaena sulcata Neill 1811, Balaenoptera antiquorum Gray 1846, Balaenoptera blythi Anderson 1879, Balaenoptera boops Linnaeus 1758, Balaenoptera brasiliensis Gray 1846, Balaenoptera copei Elliot 1901, Balaenoptera gibbar Lacépède 1804, Balaenoptera patachonica Burmeister 1865 [objective synonym], Balaenoptera patachonicha Burmeister 1865 [objective synonym], Balaenoptera patachonicha tschudii Reichenbach 1846, Balaenoptera physalus quoyi Fisher 1829, Balaenoptera quoyi Fisher 1829, Balaenoptera rorqual Lacépède 1804, Balaenoptera velifera Scammon and Cope 1869, Balaenoptera velifera copei Elliot 1901, Benedenia knoxii Gray 1864, Physalus antiquorum Fischer 1829, Physalus brasiliensis Gray 1846, Physalus duguidii Gray 1864, Physalus fasciatus Gray 1850, Physalus patachonicus Burmeister 1865, Swinhoia chinensis Gray 1868

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Editio Decima 1:1-824

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

See also Agnarsson and May-Collado 2008, Ameghino 1889, Barnes 1977, Bouetel and Muizon 2006, Burmeister 1865, Burmeister 1866, Dal Piaz 1929, Geisler et al. 2011, Gray 1846, Gray 1846, Gray 1850, Gray 1864, Gray 1866, Gray 1868, Hershkovitz 1966, Lacépède 1804, Linnaeus 1758, Lloyd and Slater 2018, Marx 2011, Mead and Brownell 2005, Moreno 1888, Nilsson 1847, Oliver 1922, Rice 1998, Scammon and Cope 1869, Scheffer and Rice 1963, Sherman 1952, Thomas 1911, Trouessart 1904, Tsai et al. 2014, Uhen et al. 2008, Van Beneden and Gervais 1880 and Vidal 1991

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 ryani, Balaenoptera siberi, Balaenoptera sursiplana

Subtaxa: Balaena sulcata arctica

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Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Antarctica (1 collection), Brazil (1), Canada (1: Quebec), China (2), Denmark (3), Greece (2), Italy (1), Japan (1), Morocco (1), South Africa (1), Spain (2), the United Kingdom (1), United States (1: California)

Total: 18 collections each including a single occurrence

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