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Globicephala melas Traill 1809 (long-finned pilot whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Delphinidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 64474

Alternative combinations: Delphinus melas, Globicephala melaena, Globicephalus melas

Synonyms: Delphinus carbonarius Wagner 1846 (no. 91953), Delphinus deductor Scoresby 1820 (no. 94005), Delphinus globiceps Cuvier 1812 (no. 94010), Delphinus grinda Lyngbye 1825 (no. 63549), Globicephala edwardii Smith 1834 (no. 129241), Globicephala indica Blythe 1852 (no. 94007), Globicephala leucosagmaphora Rayner 1939 (no. 129242), Globicephalus chilensis Philippi 1896 (no. 146493), Globicephalus edwardsii Gray 1866 (no. 102696), Globicephalus globiceps Cuvier 1812 (no. 233494), Globicephalus indicus Blyth 1852 (no. 102697), Globicephalus intermedius Gray 1827 (no. 102694), Globicephalus scammoni Scammon and Cope 1869 (no. 146495), Globicephalus scammonii Scammon and Cope 1869 (no. 131401), Globicephalus svineval Gray 1846 (no. 93906), Globiocephalus affinis Gray 1846 (no. 102701), Globiocephalus edwardsii Smith 1834 (no. 102703), Globiocephalus incrassatus Gray 1861 (no. 102709), Globiocephalus indicus Blyth 1852 (no. 102706), Globiocephalus svineval Gray 1846 (no. 102700), Grampus affinis Gray 1866 (no. 102691), Phocaena edwardii Smith 1834 (no. 102695), Sphaerocephalus incrassatus Gray 1866 (no. 102881)

Belongs to Globicephala according to I. Agnarsson and L. J. May-Collado 2008

Sister taxa: Globicephala etruriae, Globicephala macrorhynchus, Globicephala uncidens, Globicephalus karsteni

Subtaxa: Globicephala melaena melaena

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Type specimens:

  • Globicephala melas: BMNH 363a-44.12.3.2, lectotype, a skull. Its type locality is Scapa Bay, which is in a Holocene estuary/bay horizon in the United Kingdom.
  • Delphinus carbonarius:
  • Delphinus deductor:
  • Delphinus globiceps: Its type locality is Nagasaki, which is in a Holocene coastal horizon in Japan.
  • Delphinus grinda:
  • Globicephala edwardii:
  • Globicephala indica:
  • Globicephala leucosagmaphora:
  • Globicephalus chilensis:
  • Globicephalus edwardsii:
  • Globicephalus indicus:
  • Globicephalus intermedius:
  • Globicephalus scammonii:
  • Globicephalus svineval:
  • Globiocephalus affinis:
  • Globiocephalus edwardsii:
  • Globiocephalus incrassatus:
  • Grampus affinis:
  • Sphaerocephalus incrassatus:

Ecology: ground dwelling piscivore-carnivore

Average measurements (in mm): humerus length 142.0, scapula 239.3 x 310.0, skull 636.2 x 463.4

Estimated body mass: 1.00 tons based on humerus length