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Balaenidae (bowhead whales and right whales)


Wikipedia Abstract

Balaenidae /bəˈliːnᵻdiː/ is a family of whales of the parvorder Mysticeti that contains two living genera. Historically, it is known as the right whale family, as it was thought to contain only species of right whales. Through most of the 20th Century, however, that became a much-debated (and unresolved) topic amongst the scientific community. Finally, in the early 2000s, science reached a definitive conclusion: the bowhead whale, once commonly known as the Greenland right whale, was not in fact a right whale. The family of Balaenids, therefore, comprises the right whales (genus Eubalaena), and in a genus all to its own, the very closely related bowhead whale (genus Balaena).
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Balaena (bowhead whale) (10)
Balaenella (1)
Balaenotus (2)
Balaenula (3)
Eubalaena (right whales) (3)   (2)
Mesoteras (1)
Morenocetus (1)
Peripolocetus (1)

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External References

Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0