Megaptera miocaena Kellogg 1922 (humpback whale)

Mammalia - Balaenopteroidea - Balaenopteridae

Full reference: R. Kellogg. 1922. Description of the skull of Megaptera miocaena, a fossil humpback whale from the Miocene diatomaceous earth of Lompoc, California. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 61(14):1-18

Belongs to Megaptera according to G. T. Lloyd and G. J. Slater 2018

See also Abel 1938, Barnes 1977, Deméré et al. 2005, Hay 1930, Kellogg 1922, Marx 2011, Marx and Fordyce 2015 and Tsai and Boessenecker 2017

Sister taxa: Megaptera brachychira, Megaptera hubachi, Megaptera mysticetoides, Megaptera novaeangliae

Type specimen: USNM 10300, a skull. Its type locality is Lompoc Quarry, which is in a Tortonian basinal (siliciclastic) diatomite in the Monterey Formation of California.

Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Distribution:

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

Total: 2 collections each including a single occurrence

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