Megaptera novaeangliae Brisson 1762 (humpback whale)

Mammalia - Balaenopteroidea - Balaenopteridae

Alternative combination: Balaena novaeangliae

Synonyms: Balaena allamack Gray 1846, Balaena atlanticus Hurdis 1897, Balaena boops Fabricius 1780, Balaena lalandii Fischer 1829, Balaena longimana Rudolphi 1832, Balaena longipinna Gray 1846 [objective synonym], Balaena nodosa Bonnaterre 1789, Balaenoptera antarctica Temminck 1841, Balaenoptera astrolabae Pucheran 1853, Balaenoptera capensis Smith 1835, Balaenoptera leucopteron Lesson 1842, Balaenoptera syncondylus Muller 1863, Kyphobalaena keporkak Van Beneden 1868, Megaptera americana Gray 1846, Megaptera antarctica Temminck 1841, Megaptera bellicosa Cope 1871, Megaptera boops Fabricius 1780, Megaptera braziliensis Cope 1867, Megaptera burmeisteri Gray 1866, Megaptera gigas Cope 1865, Megaptera indica Gervais 1883, Megaptera kusira Gray 1850, Megaptera kuzira Gray 1850, Megaptera lalandii Gray 1864, Megaptera longimana Rudolphi 1832, Megaptera longipinna Gray 1846 [objective synonym], Megaptera nodosa Bonnaterre 1789, Megaptera nodosa bellicosa Cope 1871, Megaptera nodosa novaezelandiae Gray 1864, Megaptera nodosa osphyia Cope 1865, Megaptera novaezealandiae Gray 1864, Megaptera novaezelandiae Gray 1864, Megaptera osphyia Cope 1865, Megaptera poeskop Gray 1846, Megaptera versabilis Cope 1869, Physalus antarcticus Temminck 1841, Poescopia lalandii Gray 1866, Rorqualus antarcticus Cuvier 1836

Full reference: M. J. Brisson. 1762. Regnum Animale in classes IX distributum, sive synopsis methodica, Ed. 2

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

See also Agnarsson and May-Collado 2008, Ameghino 1889, Barnes 1977, Bergqvist et al. 1999, Bouetel and Muizon 2006, Clapham and Mead 1999, Cope 1865, Cope 1869, Flower 1865, Geisler et al. 2011, Gray 1846, Gray 1846, Gray 1850, Gray 1864, Gray 1866, Gray 1868, Gray 1873, Hay 1902, Hay 1930, Hector 1875, Hershkovitz 1966, Marx 2011, Mead and Brownell 2005, Nilsson 1847, Oliver 1922, Rice 1998, Scheffer and Rice 1963, Sherman 1952, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, Tsai et al. 2014, Turner 1912, Uhen et al. 2008, Van Beneden and Gervais 1868, Van Beneden and Gervais 1880 and Vidal 1991

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

Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Angola (1 collection), Antarctica (1), Brazil (2), Canada (1: Quebec), Denmark (3), India (1), Japan (3), New Caledonia (1), Peru (1), Svalbard and Jan Mayen (1), Taiwan (1), the United Arab Emirates (1), United States (2: Maine, Oregon)

Total: 19 collections each including a single occurrence

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