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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) 
AphiaID: 137092

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) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera (Genus)
Status accepted
Rank Species
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera Gray, 1846
Synonymised
names
  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaena allamack Gray, 1846 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaena atlanticus Hurdis, 1897 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaena boops Fabricius, 1780 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaena gibbosa Gray, 1843 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaena lalandii Fischer, 1829 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaena longimana Rudolphi, 1832 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaena nodosa Bonnaterre, 1789 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaena novaeangliae Borowski, 1781 (basionym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaena sulcata antarctica Schlegel, 1841 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera antarctica Temminck, 1841 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera astrolabe Pucheran, 1843 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera australis Lesson, 1828 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera capensis A. Smith, 1834 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera leucopteron Lesson, 1842 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenoptera syncondylus A. Mueller, 1863 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorKyphobalaena keporkak Van Beneden, 1868 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera americana Gray, 1846 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera antarctica Gray, 1846 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera australis Iredale & Troughton, 1934 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera bellicosa Cope, 1871 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera boops Van Beneden & Gervais, 1880 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera brasiliensis True, 1904 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera braziliensis Cope, 1867 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera burmeisteri Burmeister, 1866 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera gigas Cope, 1865 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera indica Gervais, 1883 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera kusira Trouessart, 1904 (misspelling)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera kuzira Gray, 1850 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera lalandii Gray, 1864 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera longimana Gray, 1846 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera longimana morei Gray, 1866 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera longipinna Gray, 1846 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera nodosa Bonnaterre, 1789 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera nodosa Lahille, 1905 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera nodosa bellicosa Elliot, 1904 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera nodosa lalandii Tomilin, 1946 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera nodosa nodosa Tomilin, 1946 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera nodosa novaezealandiae Ivashin, 1958 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera novaezelandiae Gray, 1864 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera osphya Mead & Brownell, 2005 (misspelling)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera osphyia Cope, 1865 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera poescop Gray, 1846 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMegaptera versabilis Cope, 1869 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPoescopia lalandii Gray, 1866 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRorqualus antarcticus F. Cuvier, 1836 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRorqualus australis Hamilton, 1837 (synonym)
Sources  original description Borowski, G. H. (1781). Gemeinnüzzige[sic] Naturschichte des Tierreichs,.. G. L. Lange, Berlin and Stralsund.
page(s): 2(1):21 [details]

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Vernacular
Names
 
Language   Name 
Afrikaans Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorboggelwalvis  [details]
Aleut Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorkhi-tkhukkhChecked: verified by a taxonomic editoralkhiamakChecked: verified by a taxonomic editoraliamak  [details]
Catalan Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorlubartaChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorbalena geperuda  [details]
Chukot Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorkaipokak uiiut  [details]
Czech Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorkeporkak dlouhoplautvýChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorkeporkak  [details]
Danish Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorstubhvalUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorpukkelhvalChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorbuckelhval  [details]
Dutch Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorlangarmvinvischChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorbultrug  [details]
English Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorhunchback whaleChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorhunchChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorhumpback whaleChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorhumpChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorbunch whale  [details]
French Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorrorqual noueuxChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorrorqual keporkakChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorrorqual du CapChecked: verified by a taxonomic editormégaptereChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorjubarteChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorbaleine tamponChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorbaleine à taquetChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorbaleine à bosse  [details]
German Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPflockfischChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorlanghaendige WalChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorKnurrwalChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorBuckelwal  [details]
Icelandic Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorskeljungurChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorhnufubakur  [details]
Indonesian Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorpaus bongkok  [details]
Italian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editormegatteraUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorbalena gobba  [details]
Japanese Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorzato kujira  [details]
Kalaallisut Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorkeporkak  [details]
Korean Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorhog-deung-gorae  [details]
Latvian Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorvalzius  [details]
Lithuanian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorkuprotasis banginis  [details]
Malagasy Checked: verified by a taxonomic editortrozona be trafo  [details]
Modern Greek (1453-) Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorΜεγάπτερη φάλαιναUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorΜεγάπτερη  [details]
Norwegian Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorstor rorhvalUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorknølhvalChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorknölhval  [details]
Norwegian Bokmål Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorknølhval  [details]
Norwegian Nynorsk Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorknølkval  [details]
Polish Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorpletwalUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editordługopłetwiec  [details]
Portuguese Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorjubarteChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorbaleia-corcundaChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorbaleia jubarte  [details]
Russian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorгорбатый китChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorveselyi kitChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorgorbatyi kitChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorgorbachChecked: verified by a taxonomic editordlinnorukyi polosatik  [details]
Slovenian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorkit grbavec  [details]
Southern Balochi Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorabra  [details]
Spanish Checked: verified by a taxonomic editoryubartaChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorrorqual jorobadoChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorjorobadaChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorjibarteChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorgubartaChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorguabarteChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorballena jorobadaChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorballena de aletas grandesChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorballena cantoraChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorambaqui  [details]
Swedish Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorpuckelvalChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorknölvalChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorhnunfurbakur  [details]
Turkish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorkambur balina  [details]
Ukrainian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorКит горбатийUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorГорбачUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorГорбатий китUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorГорбань  [details]
Welsh Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editormorfil cefngrwm  [details]
Yupik languages Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorkaipokakChecked: verified by a taxonomic editoraghvesiiq  [details]
Environment marine
Distribution 
From editor or global species database
Southern Ocean
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorSubantarctic Waters [details]
(no group)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAntarctica [details]
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorWorld Oceans [details]
From regional or thematic species database
North Sea
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorBelgian Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
From other sources
Comores
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorComores [details]
Federal Republic of Somalia
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSomalia [details]
Gulf of Mexico
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGulf of Mexico [details]
Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGulf of St. Lawrence [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSt. Lawrence Estuary [details]
Indian Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorReunion [details]
Kenya
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorKenya [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorLamu [details]
Madagascar
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMadagascar [details]
Mediterranean Sea
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMediterranean Sea [details]
Mediterranean Sea - Eastern Basin
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGreek Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Mozambique
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMozambique [details]
North Atlantic Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorAzores Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorEuropean waters (ERMS scope) [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGulf of Maine [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNorth West Atlantic [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorPortuguese Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorUnited Kingdom Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Republic of Mauritius
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMauritius [details]
Seychelles
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSeychelles (doubtful[details]
Tanzania
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTanzania [details]
(no group)
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGreenlandic Exclusive Economic Zone [from synonym] [view taxon] [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNew Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorPacific Ocean [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSpanish Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMarine Life Information Network - UK 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Barcode of Life (9 barcodes) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Biodiversity Heritage Library (110 publications) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Encyclopedia of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo GenBank (2321 nucleotides; 964 proteins) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo IUCN Red List 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Marine Species Identification Portal 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo PESI 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo ITIS
Notes 
From editor or global species database
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDiet herring (Clupea harengus), sand lance (Ammodytes sp.) and other small fish, invertebrates (euphausiids) [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorHabitat Inshore on feeding and calving grounds, but high seas in transit between them. [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorHolotype None in existence. Name based on the "baleine de la Nouvelle Angleterre" of Brisson (1756). [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorIUCN Red List Category Least Concern (LC) [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorIUCN Red List Category subpopulation Oceania humpback whale : Endangered (EN) [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorIUCN Red List Category subpopulation Arabian Sea humpback whale : Endangered (EN) [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMorphology Distinguishing characteristics: colour in the northern hemisphere is dark with white belly and on flippers, but southern hemisphere whales have more white. Sensory knobs on head. Lifts tail when diving. Variably curved dorsal fin midback on a hump. "Knuckles" or bumps along tail stock of thin whales. Flippers may reach length of 4.5 m (15'). Individuals recognized by underside of flukes and body scars/markings.  [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPredators Killer whale tooth marks evident on adults; calves probably taken. [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorType locality Coast of New England, U.S.A. [details]

From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDimensions Length: male 36-57 1/2' (11-17.5 m), female 36-62 1/2' (11-19 m), at birth 15'+ (4.6 m+) [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution in all oceans [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution Antarctica/Southern Ocean; East Pacific; Eastern Atlantic Ocean; Indo-West Pacific; Western Atlantic Ocean [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorReproduction Calving: January to March in Caribbean; Weaning: one year [details]
ImagesChecked: verified by a taxonomic editor 
Megaptera novaeangliae
Megaptera novaeangliae
Megaptera novaeangliae
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Megaptera novaeangliae
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Megaptera novaeangliae - humpback whale
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Humpback whale
Humpback whale
Van Beneden & Gervais (1880, pl. 09)
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Megaptera novaeangliae
Megaptera novaeangliae
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Megaptera novaeangliae & Eubalaena australis
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Feeding humpback whales
Feeding humpback whales
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
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Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
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Humpback whale surfacing
Humpback whale surfacing
Humpback whale spyhopping
Humpback whale spyhopping
Humpback whale fluke
Humpback whale fluke
Racovitza (1903, pl. 3)
Racovitza (1903, pl. 3)
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Humpback whale - dorsal fin
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Megaptera novaeangliae
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Megaptera novaeangliae
Megaptera novaeangliae
Megaptera novaeangliae
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:137092
Taxonomic
Edit history
 
Date   action   by
2004-12-21 15:54:05Z  created  van der Land, Jacob
2008-08-20 11:25:36Z  checked  Perrin, William
  
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  Citation: Perrin, W. (2014). Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781). 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=137092 on 2014-11-01
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