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Family Cetotheriidae Brandt 1872 (whale)

Osteichthyes - Mysticeti

Alternative spellings: Cetotheriinae, Cetotherinae

Invalid subtaxa: Aulocetus vandelli Van Beneden and Gervais 1868 [invalid subgroup], Cetotherium (Cetotheriophanes) vandelli Van Beneden and Gervais 1868 [invalid subgroup], Cetotherium megalophysum Cope 1895 [invalid subgroup], Cetotherium vandelli Van Beneden and Gervais 1868 [invalid subgroup], Cetotherium vandellii Van Beneden and Gervais 1868 [invalid subgroup], Metopocetus vandelli Van Beneden and Gervais 1868 [invalid subgroup], Plesiocetopsis megalophysum Cope 1895 [invalid subgroup], Plesiocetus megalophysum Cope 1895 [invalid subgroup], Plesiocetus vandellii Van Beneden and Gervais 1868 [invalid subgroup]

Full reference: J. F. Brandt. 1872. Uber eine neue Classification der Bartenwale (Balaenoidea) mit Berucksichtigung der untergegangenen Gattungen derselben. Bulletin d L'Academie Imperiale des Sciences de St. Petersbourg 26:113-130

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

Sister taxon: Balaenopteroidea

Subtaxa: Brandtocetus, Cephalotropis, Cetotheriinae, Cetotherium, Eucetotherium, Herpetocetinae, Hibacetus, Imerocetus, Joumocetus, Kurdalagonus, Metopocetus, Mixocetus, Neobalaeninae, Otradnocetus, Palaeobalaena, Piscobalaena, Plesiocetopsis, Titanocetus

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Type: Cetotherium

Ecology: aquatic carnivore-suspension feeder