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†family Basilosauridae Cope 1867 (whale)

Osteichthyes - Pelagiceti

PaleoDB taxon number: 42936

Invalid subtaxa: Cynthiacetus Uhen 2005 (no. 63143), Hydrarchidae Bonaparte 1850 (no. 63149), Hydrarchina Bonaparte 1850 (no. 96681), Pontogeneus Leidy 1852 [nomen nudum] (no. 36822), Pontogeneus priscus Leidy 1852 [nomen nudum] (no. 62981), Prozeuglodontidae Moustafa 1954 (no. 191807), Stegorhinidae Brandt 1873 (no. 63150), Zeuglodontae Bonaparte 1849 (no. 147846), Zeuglodontidae Bonaparte 1849 (no. 63148)

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, Basilosaurinae, Basilosaurus, Basiloterus, Basilotritus, Berardiopsis miocaenus, Chrysocetus, Cynthiacetus peruvianus, Dorudon, Dorudontinae, Masracetus, Ocucajea, Platyosphys, Pontogeneus brachyspondylus, Saghacetus, Stromeriinae, Stromerius, Supayacetus, Zygorhiza

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Ecology: aquatic carnivore