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Balaena mysticetus Linnaeus 1758 (bowhead whale)

Osteichthyes - Balaenoidea - Balaenidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 64683

Synonym: Balaena prisca Nilsson 1847 (taxon 68984)

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Editio Decima 1:1-824

Belongs to Balaena according to P. Goldin and M. E. Steeman 2015

Sister taxa: Balaena affinis, Balaena arcuata, Balaena balsami, Balaena dubusi, Balaena forsythmajori, Balaena larteti, Balaena macrocephalus, Balaena molassica, Balaena montalionis, Balaena pampaea, Balaena ricei, Balaena simpsoni, Balaena tannenbergii, Balaena vulgaris

Subtaxa: Balaena mysticetus pittekajensis, Balaena mysticetus roysii

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Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Average measurements (in mm): humerus length 598.0, scapula length 1063.0

Estimated body mass: 103.5 tons based on humerus length