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Balaenoptera Lacepede and Lacepede 1804 (rorqual)

Osteichthyes - Balaenopteroidea - Balaenopteridae

Alternative spelling: Balaena (Balaenoptera)

Invalid subtaxa: Balaenoptera andrejewi Anonymous 1888 [nomen nudum], Balaenoptera grimmi Anonymous 1888 [nomen nudum], Balaenoptera ryani Hanna and McLellan 1924 [invalid subgroup], Benedenia Gray 1864, Cuvierius Gray 1866, Mysticetus Wagler 1830, Physalis Fleming 1822, Physalus Gray 1821 [objective synonym], Rudolphius Gray 1866, Sibbaldius Flower 1865, Sibbaldius (Rudolphius) Gray 1866, Sibbaldus Flower 1865, Swinhoia Gray 1868

Full reference: B. Lacepede and Lacepede. 1804. Histoire Naturelle des Cetacees

Parent taxon: Balaenopteridae according to F. G. Marx and R. E. Fordyce 2015

Sister taxa: Agaphelinae, Archaebalaenoptera, Balaenopterinae, Cetotheriophanes, Eschrichtiinae, Megaptera, Megapterinae, Notiocetus, Parabalaenoptera, Parabalaenopterinae, Plesiocetus, Praemegaptera, Praemegapterinae, Protororqualus, Pterobalaena, Rorqualus

Subtaxa: Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Balaenoptera bertae, Balaenoptera bonaerensis, Balaenoptera borealis, Balaenoptera brevicauda, Balaenoptera brydei, Balaenoptera cephalus, Balaenoptera davidsonii, Balaenoptera edeni, Balaenoptera fasciata, Balaenoptera musculus, Balaenoptera omurai, Balaenoptera physalus, Balaenoptera siberi, Balaenoptera sursiplana, Balaenoptera taiwanica

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Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder