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Balaena Linnaeus 1758 (bowhead whale)

Amniota - Therapsida - Balaenidae

Invalid subtaxa: Balaena balsami Cornalia 1870 [nomen nudum], Balaena tannenbergensis Rathke 1837 [nomen dubium], Balaena tannenbergii Rathke 1837 [nomen dubium]

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Tomus I. Laurentii Salvii, Holmiae (Stockholm) 1-823

Parent taxon: Balaenidae according to M. Churchill et al. 2011

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

Subtaxa: Balaena affinis, Balaena arcuata, Balaena cullamach, Balaena dubusi, Balaena forsythmajori, Balaena larteti, Balaena macrocephalus, Balaena montolionis, Balaena mysticetus, Balaena pampaea, Balaena ricei, Balaena simpsoni, Balaena vulgaris

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Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder