MSW Scientific Names
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Author........ : (Traill, 1809).
Citation...... : Nicholson's J. Nat. Philos. Chem. Arts, 22:81.
Common Name... : Long-finned Pilot Whale
Original Name. : Delphinus melas Traill, 1809.
- Distribution.. :North Atlantic and southern Oceans: cold-temperate waters. Kasuya (1975ref) described the historic distribution in the NW Pacific.
Type Specimen. : Skull of lectotype in BM(NH) no. 363a [18.104.22.168].
- Type Locality. :UK, Scotland, "in Scapay Bay, in Pomona, one of the Orkneys".
Comments...... : See Van Bree (1971ref). Formerly called G. melaena but Article 31b of the third edition of the International of Zoological Nomenclature (1985ref) specifically gave melas as an example of a Greek adjective that does not change its end ...[more]...
Status........ : CITES - Appendix II.
Distribution Map for Globicephala melas:
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