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SPECIES Orcinus orca

Author:Linnaeus, 1758.
Citation:Syst. Nat., 10th ed., 1: 77.
Common Name:Killer Whale
Type Locality:E North Atlantic ("Oceano Europaeo").
Distribution:Worldwide: all seas and oceans.
Status:CITES Appendix II; IUCN Lower Risk (cd).
Comments:Reviewed by Heyning and Dahlheim (1988, Mammalian Species, 304). Rice (1998:118) recognized the possibility that O. glacialis represented a separate taxon, but did assign specific or subspecific status to it. Rice (1998:118) considered O. nanus a nomen nudum, which we agree with.
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Synonyms:

    ater (Cope in Scammon, 1869)
    capensis (Gray, 1846)
    glacialis Berzin and Vladimirov, 1983
    gladiator (Bonnaterre, 1789)
    nanus Mikhalev and Ivashin, 1981
    rectipinna (Cope in Scammon, 1869)

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