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Balaena Linnaeus 1758 (bowhead whale)

Osteichthyes - Mysticeti - Balaenidae

Invalid subtaxa: Aulocetus molassicus Jager 1835 [nomen dubium], Balaena balsami Cornalia 1870 [nomen nudum], Balaena molassica Jager 1835 [nomen dubium], Balaena simpsoni Phillipi 1887 [nomen vanum], Balaena tannenbergensis Rathke 1837 [nomen dubium], Balaena tannenbergii Rathke 1837 [nomen dubium], Balaenoptera molassicus Jager 1835 [nomen dubium], Caperea simpsoni Phillipi 1887 [nomen vanum], Neobalaena simpsoni Phillipi 1887 [nomen vanum]

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii, Holmiae (Lars Salvius, Stockholm)

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

Sister taxa: Balaenella, Balaenina, Balaeninae, Balaenula, Eubalaena, Idiocetus, Morenocetus, Peripolocetus, Balaenotus orcianensis, Balaenotus insignis

Subtaxa: Balaena affinis, Balaena arcuata, Balaena dubusi, Balaena forsythmajori, Balaena larteti, Balaena macrocephalus, Balaena montalionis, Balaena mysticetus, Balaena pampaea, Balaena ricei, Balaena vulgaris

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Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder