Balaena mysticetus Linnaeus 1758 (bowhead whale)

Mammalia - Cetacea - Balaenidae

Synonyms: Balaena prisca Nilsson 1847, Balaena vulgaris Brisson 1762

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 Balaena according to P. Gol'din and M. E. Steeman 2015

See also Agnarsson and May-Collado 2008, Bisconti 2003, Bisconti 2009, Bouetel and Muizon 2006, Brandt 1874, Brisson 1762, De Kay 1842, Flower 1865, Gray 1846, Gray 1846, Gray 1850, Gray 1864, Gray 1866, Gray 1868, Hay 1902, Hershkovitz 1966, Lacépède 1804, Linnaeus 1758, Lydekker 1887, Marx 2011, Marx and Fordyce 2015, McLeod et al. 1993, Mead and Brownell 2005, Nilsson 1847, Rice 1998, Scammon and Cope 1869, Thomas 1911, Trouessart 1904, Tsai et al. 2014, Turner 1912 and Uhen et al. 2008

Sister taxa: Balaena arcuata, Balaena balsami, Balaena dubusi, Balaena larteti, Balaena macrocephalus, Balaena molassica, Balaena montalionis, Balaena pampaea, Balaena ricei, Balaena simpsoni, Balaena tannenbergii

Subtaxa: Balaena mysticetus pittekajensis Balaena mysticetus roysii Balaena vulgaris groenlandica

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Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Canada (36: Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Yukon collections), Denmark (19), Germany (1), Greenland (14), Norway (3), the Russian Federation (2), Svalbard and Jan Mayen (1), Sweden (5), United States (4: Alaska, South Carolina)

Total: 85 collections including 87 occurrences

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