Family Balaenidae Gray 1821 (right whale)

Mammalia - Cetacea - Balaenidae

Full reference: J. E. Gray. 1821. On the natural arrangement of vertebrose animals. The London Medical Repository Monthly Journal and Review 15:296-310

Parent taxon: Chaeomysticeti according to M. R. Buono et al. 2017

Sister taxa: Balaenomorpha, Cetotheriidae, Cetotheriopsidae, Cetotheriopsis, Cetotherium incertum, Cetotherium klinderi, Cetotherium pusillum, Eomysticetidae, Eomysticetoidea, Halicetus, Megapteropsis, Piscocetus, Plicogulae, Sitsqwayk, Thalassotherii, Tlaxcallicetus, Whakakai

Subtaxa: none

Type: Balaena

Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Antarctica (1 collection), Argentina (2), Brazil (1), Canada (36: Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Yukon), Chile (1), Denmark (21), Germany (1), Greenland (15), Italy (1), Japan (2), the Netherlands (1), New Zealand (2), Norway (4), the Russian Federation (2), South Africa (2), Svalbard and Jan Mayen (1), Sweden (7), Taiwan (1), the United Kingdom (2), United States (9: Alaska, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina)

• Blancan of United States (1: California)

• Pliocene to Pleistocene of Australia (1), New Zealand (1)

• Pliocene of Antarctica (1), Australia (2), Belgium (9), Chile (1), Holy See (Vatican City State) (1), Iceland (1), Italy (26), Japan (8), the Netherlands (1), Spain (1), United States (7: California, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia)

• Hemphillian of United States (1: California)

• Miocene to Pliocene of Belgium (1), Chile (2), Japan (1)

• Miocene to Pleistocene of the Netherlands (1)

• Neogene of France (1), South Pacific (1)

• Miocene of Argentina (3), Australia (4), France (2), Italy (1), Japan (3), the Netherlands (2), United States (5: California, Virginia)

Total: 201 collections including 238 occurrences

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