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SPECIES Globicephala melas

Author:Traill, 1809.
Citation:Nicholson's J. Nat. Philos. Chem. Arts, 22: 81.
Common Name:Long-finned Pilot Whale
Type Locality:UK, Scotland, "in Scapay Bay, in Pomona, one of the Orkneys".
Distribution:North Atlantic and southern Oceans: cold-temperate waters. Kasuya (1975) described the historic distribution in the NW Pacific.
Status:CITES Appendix II; IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:See Van Bree (1971). Formerly called G. melaena but Article 31b of the third edition of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (1985d) specifically gave melas as an example of a Greek adjective that does not change its ending when transferred to a genus of another gender (see Schevill, 1990a, b; Rice, 1990). Rice (1998:119) recognized G. m. melas (North Atlantic Longfinned Pilot whale), G. m. edwardii (Southern Longfinned Pilot Whale) and an un-named subfossil subspecies of G. melas that occupied the North Pacific.
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