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Who gave the Antarctic Minke Whale the name Balaenoptera bonaerensis?

Asked by Cetaceancousins, Last updated: Dec 06, 2021

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i.Rubiny

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Answered Oct 04, 2017

The antarctic minke whale was given the name balaenoptera bonaerensis by Burmeister in 1867. The Antarctic minke whale or southern minke whale is a species of minke whale within the suborder of baleen whales. It is the second smallest rorqual after the common minke whale and the third smallest baleen whale. Although first scientifically described in the mid-19th century, it was not recognized as a distinct species until the 1990s.

Once ignored by the whaling industry due to its small size and low oil yield, the Antarctic minke was able to avoid the fate of other baleen whales and maintained a large population into the 21st century, numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

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cetaceancousins

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Answered Aug 28, 2017

Burmeister, 1867
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