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†family Basilosauridae Cope 1867 (whale)

Osteichthyes - Pelagiceti

Invalid subtaxa: Balaenoptera juddi Seeley 1881 [nomen dubium], Basilosaurinae Miller 1923 [invalid subgroup], Berardiopsis miocaenus Koch 1899 [nomen dubium], Dorudontidae Miller 1923 [invalid subgroup], Dorudontinae Miller 1923 [invalid subgroup], Hydrarchidae Bonaparte 1850, Hydrarchina Bonaparte 1850, Platyosphys Kellogg 1936 [nomen dubium], Pontogeneus Leidy 1852 [nomen nudum], Prozeuglodontidae Moustafa 1954, Stegorhinidae Brandt 1873, Zeuglodontae Bonaparte 1849, Zeuglodontidae Bonaparte 1849, Zygorhiza juddi Seeley 1881 [nomen dubium]

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, Basilosaurus, Basiloterus, Basilotritus, Chrysocetus, Cynthiacetus, Dorudon, Masracetus, Ocucajea, Saghacetus, Stromeriinae, Stromerius, Supayacetus, Zygorhiza

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Ecology: aquatic carnivore