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Megaptera Gray 1846 (humpback whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Balaenopteridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 36760

Synonyms: Cyphobalaena Marschall 1873 (no. 129225), Kyphobalaena Eschricht (no. 66752), Megaptera (Poescopia) Gray 1864 (no. 92144), Perqualus Gray 1846 (no. 112957), Poescopia Gray 1864 (no. 105203)

Full reference: J. E. Gray. 1846. On the cetaceous animals. The zoology of the voyage of H. M. S. Erebus and Terror, under the command of Capt. Sir J. C. Ross, R. N., F. R. S., during the years 1839 to 1843 1 & 2:1-53

Parent taxon: Balaenopteridae according to F. G. Marx et al. 2016

Sister taxa: Agaphelinae, Archaebalaenoptera, Balaena affinis, Balaena definata, Balaena emarginata, Balaena gibbosa, Balaenoptera, Balaenoptera borealina, Balaenoptera musculoides, Balaenoptera portisii, Balaenoptera rostratella, Balaenoptera sibbaldina, Balaenoptera taiwanica, Balaenopterinae, Cetotheriophanes, Delphinus brachyspondylus, Diunatans, Eobalaenoptera, Eschrichtiinae, Fragilicetus, Hadrosaurus tripos, Incakujira, Megaptera affinis, Megapterinae, Megapteropsis robusta, Miobalaenoptera, Nehalaennia, Notiocetus, Parabalaenopterinae, Plesiobalaenoptera, Plesiocetus, Praemegaptera, Praemegapterinae, Protororqualus

Subtaxa: Megaptera brachychira, Megaptera hubachi, Megaptera mysticetoides, Megaptera novaeangliae

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Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder