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Delphinapterus leucas Pallas 1776 (beluga whale)

Osteichthyes - Delphinoidea - Monodontidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 65078

Alternative combinations: Delphinus leucas, Delphinus leucaster

Synonyms: Balaena albicans Muller 1776 (no. 112505), Beluga angustata Cope 1866 (no. 68454), Beluga borealis Lesson 1828 (no. 112510), Beluga catodon Gray 1846 (no. 93899), Beluga declivis Cope 1865 (no. 112514), Beluga glacialis Lesson 1828 (no. 112511), Beluga kingii Gray 1827 (no. 93901), Beluga rhinodon Cope 1865 (no. 112513), Beluga vermontana Thompson 1850 (no. 104314), Catodon albicans Lacepede and Lacepede 1804 (no. 91910), Catodon canadensis Lesson 1828 (no. 112509), Catodon sibbaldi Fleming 1828 (no. 112512), Delphinapterus beluga Lacepede and Lacepede 1804 (no. 91914), Delphinapterus concreta Cope 1865 (no. 112515), Delphinapterus dorofeevi Klumov and Barabash 1935 (no. 112517), Delphinapterus freimani Klumov 1935 (no. 112516), Delphinapterus kingi Gray 1827 (no. 146505), Delphinapterus marisalbi Ostroumov 1935 (no. 129533), Delphinapterus vermontana Thompson 1850 (no. 69788), Delphinapterus vermontanus Thompson 1850 (no. 104054), Delphinus albians Muller 1776 (no. 112507), Delphinus canadensis Desmarest 1822 (no. 93948), Delphinus kingii Gray 1827 (no. 93900), Delphinus vermontana Thompson 1850 (no. 104313), Delphinus vermontanus Thompson 1850 (no. 142530), Inia canadensis Desmarest 1822 (no. 93949)

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

Sister taxa: Delphinapterus brocchii, Delphinapterus senedetta

Type specimens:

  • Delphinapterus leucas: Its type locality is Ob River mouth, which is in a Holocene estuary/bay horizon in the Russian Federation
  • Beluga angustata:
  • Beluga borealis:
  • Beluga catodon:
  • Beluga declivis:
  • Beluga glacialis:
  • Beluga kingii:
  • Beluga rhinodon:
  • Catodon albicans:
  • Catodon canadensis:
  • Catodon sibbaldi:
  • Delphinapterus beluga:
  • Delphinapterus concreta:
  • Delphinapterus dorofeevi:
  • Delphinapterus freimani:
  • Delphinapterus marisalbi:
  • Delphinapterus vermontanus:
  • Delphinus albians:
  • Inia canadensis:

Ecology: aquatic piscivore

Average measurements (in mm): humerus length 126.5, scapula length 197.0, skull 595.0 x 320.0

Estimated body mass: 690.1 kg based on humerus length