Balaenoptera borealis Lesson 1828 (sei whale)

Mammalia - Balaenopteroidea - Balaenopteridae

Alternative combination: Rorqualus borealis

Synonyms: Balaenoptera iwasi Gray 1846, Balaenoptera laticeps Gray 1864, Balaenoptera schlegeli Gray 1864, Balaenoptera schlegeli swinhoei Gray 1866, Balaenoptera schlegelii Gray 1864, Balaenoptera swinhoei Gray 1866, Physalus iwasi Gray 1846, Rudolphius laticeps Gray 1864, Sibbaldius laticeps Gray 1864, Sibbaldius schlegelii Gray 1864, Sibbaldius schlegellii Gray 1864, Sibbaldus laticeps Gray 1864

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

See also Agnarsson and May-Collado 2008, Barnes 1977, De Kay 1842, Flower 1865, Gray 1846, Gray 1850, Gray 1864, Gray 1866, Gray 1868, Hassanin et al. 2012, Hershkovitz 1966, Junge 1950, Lydekker 1887, Marx 2011, Mead and Brownell 2005, Oliver 1922, Rice 1998, Scheffer and Rice 1963, Sherman 1952, Trouessart 1904, Tsai et al. 2014 and Turner 1912

Sister taxa: Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Balaenoptera andrejewi, Balaenoptera bertae, Balaenoptera bonaerensis, Balaenoptera brydei, Balaenoptera cephalus, Balaenoptera davidsonii, Balaenoptera edeni, Balaenoptera fasciata, Balaenoptera grimmi, Balaenoptera musculus, Balaenoptera omurai, Balaenoptera physalus, Balaenoptera ryani, Balaenoptera siberi, Balaenoptera sursiplana

Subtaxa: Balaenoptera swinhoei alba

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Type specimens:

  • Balaenoptera borealis: Berlin Museum, a skeleton. Its type locality is Gromitz, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in Germany.
  • Balaenoptera iwasi:
  • Balaenoptera laticeps:
  • Balaenoptera schlegeli swinhoei:
  • Sibbaldius schlegelii:

Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder


• Quaternary of Antarctica (1 collection), Germany (1), Japan (2), New Caledonia (1)

• Pliocene of Japan (1)

• Miocene of Japan (1)

Total: 7 collections each including a single occurrence

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