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Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacépède 1804 (minke whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Balaenopteridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 68469

Alternative combination: Pterobalaena acutorostrata

Synonyms: Balaena rostrata Fabricius 1780 (no. 70690), Balaenoptera rostrata Fabricius 1780 (no. 92146), Physalus (Rorqualus) boops Cuvier 1836 (no. 137337), Pterobalaena minor Eschricht 1849 (no. 92148), Rorqualus boops Cuvier 1836 (no. 140486), Rorqualus minor Hamilton 1837 (no. 92147), Rorqualus rostratus Fabricius 1780 (no. 89106), Sibbaldius mondinii Capellini 1877 (no. 89192)

Full reference: B. Lacépède. 1804. Histoire Naturelle des Cetacees

Belongs to Balaenoptera according to P. Gol'din and M. E. Steeman 2015

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

Type specimens:

  • Balaenoptera acutorostrata: Its type locality is Cherbourg, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in France
  • Balaena rostrata:
  • Pterobalaena minor:
  • Rorqualus boops:
  • Rorqualus minor:
  • Sibbaldius mondinii:

Ecology: scansorial insectivore

Average measurements (in mm): humerus length 126.3, radius length 197.5, skull 914.1 x 405.7, ulna length 184.0

Estimated body mass: 1.48 tons based on humerus length, radius length, and ulna length