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Balaena Linnaeus 1758 (bowhead whale)

Osteichthyes - Balaenoidea - Balaenidae

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: Balaena dubia, Balaenella, Balaenina, Balaeninae, Balaenotus, Balaenula, Balaenula praediolensis, Eubalaena, Idiocetus, Morenocetus, Palaeocetus, Eucetites juliensis

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

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Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder