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Non-fish Identification: Find Species

Family: Balaenopteridae rorquals, finback whales (See list of species below)

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9 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)


Balaenoptera acutorostrata
[Northern minke whale]
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Balaenoptera bonaerensis
[Antarctic minke whale]


Balaenoptera borealis
[Sei whale]


Balaenoptera brydei
[Bryde's whale]


Balaenoptera edeni
[Eden's whale]


Balaenoptera musculus
[Blue whale]
No picture found

Balaenoptera omurai
[]


Balaenoptera physalus
[Fin whale]


Megaptera novaeangliae
[Humpback whale]
9 Species of Family Balaenopteridae
(rorquals, finback whales)
Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Balaenoptera acutorostrata Northern minke whale Circumglobal 1070 TL
Balaenoptera bonaerensis Antarctic minke whale Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Oc 890 TL
Balaenoptera borealis Sei whale Circumglobal 1800 TL
Balaenoptera brydei Bryde's whale Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Oc 1560 TL
Balaenoptera edeni Eden's whale Atlantic Ocean and Indo-P 1550 TL
Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale North Atlantic and North 3300 TL
Balaenoptera omurai Indo-West Pacific
Balaenoptera physalus Fin whale Circumglobal except the A 2700 TL
Megaptera novaeangliae Humpback whale Circumglobal. [Arabian S 1889.76 TL



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