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Family Balaenidae Gray 1821 (right whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla

PaleoDB taxon number: 42978

Full reference: J. E. Gray. 1821. On the natural arrangement of vertebrose animals. The London Medical Repository Monthly Journal and Review 15:296-310

Parent taxon: Chaeomysticeti according to M. R. Buono et al. 2017

Sister taxa: Balaenomorpha, Cetotheriopsidae, Cetotheriopsis, Cetotherium incertum, Cetotherium klinderi, Cetotherium pusillum, Eomysticetidae, Eomysticetoidea, Halicetus, Megapteropsis, Piscocetus, Plicogulae, Sitsqwayk, Tlaxcallicetus, Whakakai

Subtaxa: Balaena, Balaena belgica, Balaena dubia, Balaena etrusca, Balaena paronai, Balaena primigenius, Balaenella, Balaenina, Balaeninae, Balaenotus, Balaenula, Eubalaena, Eucetites, Idiocetus, Morenocetus, Peripolocetus

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Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder