Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 175…

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Full Name

Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common names

  • big finner eng
  • common finback whale eng
  • common finwhale eng
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Taxonomic status

Accepted species

According to

The Catalogue of Life, 3rd January 2011

Published in

Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp.



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Text based distributions present in some sources.

Distribution range

  • Present in Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone Source: Jan Haelters
  • Present in Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone Source: Muller, Y. (2004). Faune et flore du littoral du Nord, du Pas-de-Calais et de la Belgique: inventaire. [Coastal fauna and flora of the Nord, Pas-de-Calais and Belgium: inventory]. Commission Régionale de Biologie Région Nord Pas-de-Calais: France. 307 pp.
  • Present in Greek Exclusive Economic Zone Source: Koukouras, A. (2010). Check-list of marine species from Greece. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Assembled in the framework of the EU FP7 PESI project.
  • Present in New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone Source: King, C.M.; Roberts, C.D.; Bell, B.D.; Fordyce, R.E.; Nicoll, R.S.; Worthy, T.H.; Paulin, C.D.; Hitchmough, R.A.; Keyes, I.W.; Baker, A.N.; Stewart, A.L.; Hiller, N.; McDowall, R.M.; Holdaway, R.N.; McPhee, R.P.; Schwarzhans, W.W.; Tennyson, A.J.D.; Rust, S.; Macadie, I. (2009). Phylum Chordata: lancelets, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, in: Gordon, D.P. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity: 1. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. pp. 431-554.
  • Present in Portuguese Exclusive Economic Zone Source: Ramos, M. (2010). IBERFAUNA. The Iberian Fauna Databank.

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Appears in



(1996) database, NODC Taxonomic Code

(1996) database, U. S. Dept. Interior

(1998) website, Mammal Species of the World

(2001) database, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad

(2001) website, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program

(2003) database,

AGUILAR, A. et al. (1995-1997): Inventario de los Cetáceos de las Aguas Atlánticas Peninsulares: Aplicación de la Directiva 92/43/CEE. Dirección General de Conservación de la Naturaleza- Universidad de Barcelona...AGUILAR, A. (2001): Rorcual común, p.261, in: Libro Rojo de los Vertebrados Amenazados de Andalucía. Consejería de Medio Ambiente. Junta de Andalucía. 336 pp...FORCADA, J., AGUILAR, A., HAMMOND, P., PASTOR, X., Y AGUILAR, R. (1996): Distribution and abundance of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the western Mediterranean sea during summer. Journal of Zoology, 238: 23-34...RAGA, J.A. & PANTOJA, J. (eds.) (2004): Proyecto Mediterráneo. Zonas de especial interés para la conservación de los cetáceos en el Mediterráneo español. Naturaleza y Parques Nacionales, Serie Técnica. Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, Madrid...REILLY, S.B., BANNISTER, J.L., BEST, P.B., BROWN, M., BROWNELL JR., R.L., BUTTERWORTH, D.S., CLAPHAM, P.J., COOKE, J., DONOVAN, G.P., URBÁN, J. & ZERBINI, A.N. 2008. Balaenoptera physalus. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.1. ...VIADA et al. (2006): Libro Rojo de los Vertebrados de las Baleares (3º Edición). Conselleria de Medi Ambient. Govern Balear.

Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, A. L. Gardner, and W. C. Starnes (2003) Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada


Source information

This backbone name usage exists because it was found in another checklist at the time the backbone was built. The primary source name usage has since been removed from the portal.

Record history

This record was last modified in GBIF on Nov 3, 2014. The source was last visited by GBIF on Jul 30, 2015. It was last updated according to the publisher on Feb 8, 2013.

A record will be modified by GBIF when either the source record has been changed by the publisher, or improvements in the GBIF processing warrant an update.