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†family Basilosauridae Cope 1867 (whale)

Osteichthyes - Pelagiceti

Invalid subtaxa: Basilosaurinae Miller 1923 [invalid subgroup], Basilosaurus paulsoni Brandt 1873 [nomen dubium], Basilosaurus wanklyni Seeley 1876 [nomen nudum], Hydrarchidae Bonaparte 1850, Hydrarchina Bonaparte 1850, Platyosphys Kellogg 1936 [nomen dubium], Platyosphys einori Gritsenko 2001 [nomen dubium], Platyosphys paulsoni Brandt 1873 [nomen dubium], Platyosphys paulsonii Brandt 1873 [nomen dubium], Prozeuglodontidae Moustafa 1954, Stegorhinidae Brandt 1873, Zeuglodon paulsoni Brandt 1873 [nomen dubium], Zeuglodon paulsonii Brandt 1873 [nomen dubium], Zeuglodon wanklyni Seeley 1876 [nomen nudum], Zeuglodontae Bonaparte 1849, Zeuglodontidae Bonaparte 1849, Zygorhiza wanklyni Seeley 1876 [nomen nudum]

Full reference: E. D. Cope. 1867. An addition to the vertebrate fauna of the Miocene period, with a synopsis of the extinct Cetacea of the United States. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 19(4):138-157

Parent taxon: Pelagiceti according to M. D. Uhen 2013

Sister taxon: Neoceti

Subtaxa: Ancalecetus, Balaenoptera juddi, Basilosaurus, Basiloterus, Basilotritus, Berardiopsis miocaenus, Chrysocetus, Cynthiacetus, Dorudon, Dorudontinae, Masracetus, Ocucajea, Pontogeneus, Saghacetus, Stromeriinae, Stromerius, Supayacetus, Zygorhiza

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Ecology: aquatic carnivore