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Balaena ricei Westgate and Whitmore 2002 (bowhead whale)

Osteichthyes - Balaenoidea - Balaenidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 71868

Full reference: J. W. Westgate and F. C. Whitmore. 2002. Balaena ricei, a new species of bowhead whale from the Yorktown Formation (Pliocene) of Hampton, Virginia. Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology 93:295-312

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

Sister taxa: Balaena affinis, Balaena arcuata, Balaena balsami, Balaena dubusi, Balaena forsythmajori, Balaena larteti, Balaena macrocephalus, Balaena molassica, Balaena montalionis, Balaena mysticetus, Balaena pampaea, Balaena simpsoni, Balaena tannenbergii, Balaena vulgaris

Type specimen: USNM 22553, a partial skeleton. Its type locality is Rice's Pit, which is in a Zanclean shallow subtidal siltstone in the Yorktown Formation of Virginia.

Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder