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Basilosaurus Harlan 1834 (whale)

Osteichthyes - Pelagiceti - Basilosauridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 36681

Synonyms: Alabamornis Abel 1906 (no. 63085), Hydrarchos Koch 1845 (no. 53151), Hydrarchus Muller 1849 (no. 69028), Hydrargos Koch 1845 (no. 63079), Polyptychodon Emmons 1858 (no. 155700), Zeuglodon Owen 1839 [objective synonym] (no. 53152), Zugodon Scudder 1882 (no. 269472), Zyglodon Hammerschmidt 1848 (no. 69262), Zygodon Owen 1839 (no. 69261)

Full reference: R. Harlan. 1834. Notice of fossil bones found in the Tertiary formation of the State of Louisiana. Transactions of the American Philosophical society 4:397-403

Parent taxon: Basilosauridae according to M. D. Uhen 2013

Sister taxa: Ancalecetus, Balaenoptera juddi, Basilosaurinae, Basiloterus, Basilotritus, Berardiopsis miocaenus, Chrysocetus, Cynthiacetus, Dorudon, Dorudontinae, Masracetus, Ocucajea, Platyosphys, Pontogeneus, Saghacetus, Stromeriinae, Stromerius, Supayacetus, Zygorhiza

Subtaxa: Basilosaurus cetoides, Basilosaurus drazindai, Basilosaurus isis, Hydrarchos harlani

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Ecology: aquatic carnivore