Taxon profile


Humpback Whale
Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Cetartiodactyla - even-toed ungulates »  family Balaenopteridae - finner whales »  genus Megaptera

Scientific synonyms

Balaena novaeangliae Borowski, 1781
Balaena allamack Gray, 1846
Megaptera americana Gray, 1846
Rorqualus antarcticus F. Cuvier, 1836
Balaenoptera antarctica Temminck, 1841
Balaena sulcata antarctica Schlegel, 1841
Megaptera antarctica Gray, 1846
Balaenoptera astrolabe Pucheran, 1843
Balaena atlanticus Hurdis, 1897
Balaenoptera australis Lesson, 1828

Other names

= Hump Whale
= Hunchbacked Whale

Least Concern LC


Intertaxon relationships

predator: Orcinus orca (Linnaeus, 1758) - Killer Whale

prey: Pollachius virens (Linnaeus, 1758) - Coal Fish, Pollachius pollachius (Linnaeus, 1758), Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Haddock, Ammodytes tobianus Linnaeus, 1758 - Lesser Sand Eel, Ammodytes dubius Reinhardt, 1837 - Lance, ...

Links and literature

EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018-1 [13006]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [] [as Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781)]
Data retrieved on: 3 August 2018
EN Australian Faunal Directory [8472dd02-e960-4c15-8b06-5e3156c7b0c0]

ABRS (2009-2019): Australian Faunal Directory [], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781)]
Data retrieved on: 8 February 2015
EN Wilson D. E., Reeder D. M. (editors) (2005): Mammal Species of the World (MSW). A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed) [] [as Megaptera novaeangliae Borowski, 1781]
Data retrieved on: 5 December 2008
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781)]

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