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SPECIES Balaenoptera musculus

Author:Linnaeus, 1758.
Citation:Syst. Nat., 10th ed., 1: 76.
Common Name:Blue Whale
Type Locality:UK, Scotland, Firth of Forth ("Habitat in Mari Scotico").
Distribution:Worldwide: arctic to tropical waters.
Status:CITES Appendix I; U.S. ESA Endangered; IUCN Endangered as B. m. intermedia, Data Deficient as B. m. brevicauda; Endangered as B. musculus except Vulnerable (North Atlantic stock), Lower Risk (cd) (North Pacific stock).
Comments:Reviewed by Yochem and Leatherwood (1985). Rice (1998:78) recognized B. m. musculus (Northern Blue Whale), B. m. indica (Great Indian Rorqual), B. m. brevicauda (Pygmy Blue Whale) and B. m. intermedia (Southern Blue Whale).
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SUBSPECIES musculus

SUBSPECIES brevicauda

SUBSPECIES indica

SUBSPECIES intermedia

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