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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenopteridae Gray, 1864 
AphiaID: 136979

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorChordata (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorVertebrata (Subphylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorGnathostomata (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTetrapoda (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMammalia (Class) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTheria (Subclass) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCetartiodactyla (Order) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCetancodonta (Suborder) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCetacea (Infraorder) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMysticeti (Superfamily) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenopteridae (Family)
Status accepted
Rank Family
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMysticeti Flower, 1864
Synonymised
names
  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPhysalinidae Gray, 1868 (synonym)
Sources  basis of record van der Land, J. (2001). Tetrapoda, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 375-376 (look up in IMIS[details]

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Vernacular
Names
 
Language   Name 
Dutch Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorvinvissen  [details]
English Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorrorquals  [details]
Norwegian Bokmål Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorfinnhvalfamilien  [details]
Norwegian Nynorsk Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorfinnkvalfamilien  [details]
Swedish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorfenvalar  [details]
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taxa (37)

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 Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Subfamily Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenopterinae Gray, 1864
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera Gray, 1846
Subfamily Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegapterinae Gray, 1864

Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAgaphelus Cope, 1868 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenopteris Tomilin, 1957 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalenoptera Duméril, 1806 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalenopterus Cuvier, 1829 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBelaenoptera Lahille, 1899 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBenedenia Gray, 1864 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBoops Gray, 1821 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCatoptera Rafinesque, 1815 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCetoptera Rafinesque, 1815 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCuvierus Gray, 1866 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCyphobalaena Marschall, 1873 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera Gray, 1846
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDactylaena Gray, 1874 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDubertus Tomilin, 1957 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorEubalaenoptera Aclogue, 1900 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorFabricia Gray, 1866 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorFlowerius Lilljeborg, 1867 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorKyphobalaena Eschricht, 1849 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera Gray, 1846
Subfamily Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegapterina Gray, 1864 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegapterinae Gray, 1864
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMysticetus Wagler, 1830 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOgmobalaena Eschricht, 1849 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPerqualus Gray, 1846 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera Gray, 1846
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPhylasus Duméril, 1806 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPhysalis Fleming, 1822 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPhysalus Gray, 1821 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPoescopia Grau, 1864 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera Gray, 1846
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPterobalaena Eschricht, 1849 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPtychocetus Gloger, 1842 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRorqualus F. Cuvier, 1836 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRudolphius Gray, 1866 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorSibbaldius Flower, 1865 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorSibbaldus Gray, 1864 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorStenobalaena Gray, 1874 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorSwinhoia Gray, 1866 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera Lacépède, 1804
Environment marine
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo GenBank  
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo ITIS
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From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription This family contains the larges animals ever to live; all balaenopteroids have adult body lengths of over 7 m, but some are much larger. The rorquals are streamlined animals (the humpback whale somewhat less than the others), with a series of long pleats extending from the snout tip to as far back as the navel on the ventral surface. Balaenopterids are fast and active lunge feeders; their morphology allows them to open their jaws very widely and distend their throats to take in huge mouthfuls of water during feeding. The baleen plates are of moderate length and fringe fineness. Density and fringe diameter vary among species, and along with plate number and width to length ratio, are diagnostic characters. Rorquals have dorsal fins (varying in size and shape) set beyond the midpoint of the back. The upper jaw has a relatively flat profile, a feature reflecting the structure of the skull. Within a given feature, differences among balaenopterids are often subtle variations on a theme, rather than class distinctions. Therefore, information on many features may be needed to distringuiish among them and reliance on a single character for identification is discouraged. <123> [details]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:136979
Taxonomic
Edit history
 
Date   action   by
2004-12-21 15:54:05Z  created  van der Land, Jacob
2005-03-29 08:12:19Z  changed  Claus, Simon
2008-08-20 11:25:36Z  checked  Perrin, William
2009-03-09 09:18:36Z  changed  Perrin, William
  
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  Citation: Perrin, W. (2014). Balaenopteridae Gray, 1864. In: Perrin, W.F. (2014) World Cetacea Database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=136979 on 2014-11-21
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