Rorquals

Rorquals

Order : Cetacea
Suborder : Mysticeti
Family : Balaenopteridae
Genus : Balaenoptera

 

Animals in the genus Balaenoptera

Minke whale
Sei whale
Bryde's whale
Blue whale
Fin whale
Facts about the genus Balaenoptera, the rorquals

Main Entry: balaenoptera balaenoptera is one of more than 1,000,000 entries available at Merriam-WebsterUnabridged. (Full text)

The term "balaenoptera" is used to signify whales with a dorsal fin (or wing).

The word balaenoptera is Latin and Greek for winged or finned whale while the word musculus is Latin for mouse, but is generally translated to mean muscular.

Thus, the molecular analysis data have significantly contributed, not only to identifying a new whale species, but also to clearly proving that the genus Balaenoptera is comprised of eight species of whales [that is, the original six, and the new species (B.

Further, the collections do include many mysticetes that were similar in size and probably habit to modern rorquals, suggesting that the lack of early fossil Balaenoptera is real, and not an environmental/preservational bias.

Click here for a bigger Image The head of the Blue whale forms up to a quarter of the total body length and compared with other rorquals is very broad. (Full text)

The head of the Sei whale forms up to a quarter of the total body length and compared with other rorquals is slender with a slightly arched forehead. (Full text)

The head of the Blue whale forms up to a quarter of the total body length and compared with other rorquals is very broad. (Full text)

The best field diagnostic to identify Fin Whales from all other rorquals is the asymmetrical coloration of the head.

Diving behavior of rorquals: is dive duration shorter than predicted?

Rorquals are named for the furrows or pleats on their undersides.

Rorquals are usually seen in groups ("pods") of 2-5 individuals.

BalaenopteraMegaptera Rorquals are the largest group of baleen whales, with 8 species in two genera.

Megaptera Rorquals are the largest group of baleen whales, with nine

Megaptera Rorquals are the largest group of baleen whales, with nine species in two genera. (Wiki)

Rorquals are the largest group of baleen whales , withnine species in two genera .

Rorquals are the largest group of baleen whales, with 8 species in two genera.

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