WoRMS taxon details

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBalaenidae

136978

urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:136978

accepted
Family
marine
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription The right and bowhead whales are large and...  
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription The right and bowhead whales are large and chunky, with heads that comprise up to one-third of their body length. They lack a dorsal fin or any trace of a dorsal ridge. Overall, they tend to be far less streamlined than other baleen whales. Right and bowhead whales have developed a relatively passive skim-feeding technique, and tend to be slower than other whales. The baleen plates are the longest and have the fines fringes of the four Mysticete families. Viewed in profile, the mouthline is extremely arched and the skull profile is highly convex; all 7 neck vertebrae are fused together. <123> [details]
Perrin, W. (2008). Balaenidae. In: Perrin, W.F. (2017). World Cetacea Database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=136978 on 2017-11-20

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2004-12-21 15:54:05Z
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2005-03-29 08:12:19Z
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2008-08-20 11:25:36Z
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basis of record van der Land, J. (2001). Tetrapoda, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 375-376 (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Jefferson, T.A.; Leatherwood, S.; Webber, M.A. (1993). Marine mammals of the world. FAO Species identification guide. FAO: Rome, Italy. ISBN 92-5-103292-0. VIII, 320 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]   
From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription The right and bowhead whales are large and chunky, with heads that comprise up to one-third of their body length. They lack a dorsal fin or any trace of a dorsal ridge. Overall, they tend to be far less streamlined than other baleen whales. Right and bowhead whales have developed a relatively passive skim-feeding technique, and tend to be slower than other whales. The baleen plates are the longest and have the fines fringes of the four Mysticete families. Viewed in profile, the mouthline is extremely arched and the skull profile is highly convex; all 7 neck vertebrae are fused together. <123> [details]
 



LanguageName 
English Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorright whales and bowhead whales  [details]
Japanese Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorセミクジラ  [details]
Norwegian Bokmål Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorretthvalfamilien  [details]
Norwegian Nynorsk Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorrettkvalfamilien  [details]
Swedish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorrätvalar  [details]