Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > Superclass Gnathostomata > Superclass Tetrapoda > Class Mammalia > Subclass Theria > Order Cetartiodactyla > Suborder Cetancodonta > Infraorder Cetacea > Superfamily Mysticeti > Family Balaenopteridae > Genus Balaenoptera

Balaenoptera borealis Lesson, 1828

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

BalaenopteraLacépède, 1804accepted genus name

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Bokmål (Norwegian): seihval sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Bulgarian: seyvаl; Сейвал sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Czech: pletvák severný
 Danish: sejhval
 Dutch: noordsche vinvisch; noordse vinvis; nordse vinvis sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 English: pollack whale; sardine whale; sei whale sources: North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
 English-United States: Sei Whale sources: Charles Hussey
 French: baleine noire; rorqual de Rudolph
 German: Seiwal
 Greek: Βορειοφάλαινα sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Icelandic: sandereydur
 Israel (Hebrew): לויתן צפוני sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Italian: balenottera boreale sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Japanese: iwashi kujira; iwasikuzira; kaguo kuzira
 Lithuanian: seivalas sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Norwegian: seichval; seihval
 Norwegian Bokmål: seihval sources: Hist. Nat. Gen. Part. Mamm. Oiseaux, 1:342
 Norwegian Nynorsk: seikval sources: Hist. Nat. Gen. Part. Mamm. Oiseaux, 1:342
 Nynorsk (Norwegian): seikval sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Polish: sejwal sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Russian: ivasevyi kit; ivasevyi polosatik; saidianoi kit; seival; сейвал sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Slovenian: zajval sources: Davorin Tome
 Spanish, Castillian: rorcual boreal; rorqual del norte sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Swedish: sejval
 Turkish: sey balinası sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Ukrainian: івасевий кит; Сайдяний кит sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Welsh: morfil asgellog sei

Literature

original description

Lesson (1828). Compléments des oeuvres de Buffon ou Histoire naturelle des animaux rares, 1 (Cétacés):342 [not pl. 12, = B. acutorostrata]

basis of record

van der Land, J. (2001). Tetrapoda, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 375-376

additional source

Jefferson, T. A., M. A. Webber and R. L. Pitman. (2008). Marine mammals of the world. Academic Press, Amsterdam.

additional source

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008.

additional source

Perrin, W. F., B. Würsig and J. G. M. Thewissen. (2009). Encyclopedia of marine mammals. Academic Press, Amsterdam.

additional source

Carwardine, M., E. Hoyt, R. E. Fordyce and P. Gill. 1998. Whales, dolphins and porpoises. Time-Life Books. Nature Company Guides, USA. 288 p.

additional source

Linkletter, L.E. 1977. A checklist of marine fauna and flora of the Bay of Fundy. Huntsman Marine Laboratory, St. Andrews, N.B. 68 p.

additional source

Mead, J. G. and R. L. Brownell, Jr. (2005). Cetacea. Pages 723--743 in Wilson, D.E. & D.M. Reeder (eds). Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed), Johns Hopkins University Press, 2,142 pp.

additional source

ITIS database

additional source

Hershkovitz, P. (1966). Catalog of living whales. U.S. National Museum Bulletin 246:1--259.

additional source

Rice, D.W. (1998). Marine mammals of the world. Society for Marine Mammalogy Special Publication 4:1--231/

additional source

King, C. (2009). Terrestrial mammals (Chordata). In: Gordon, D. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity. Volume One: Kingdom Animalia. 584 pp

additional source

Schmidly, D. J. and B. Würsig. 2009. Mammals (Vertebrata: Mammalia) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 1343–1352 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas.

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External Links

Link Marine Life Information Network - UK
Link To GBIF

Citation

Perrin, W. (2012). Balaenoptera borealis Lesson, 1828. In: Perrin, W.F. World Cetacea Database. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2012) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:137088

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Occurrence

 Present  Absent  Doubtful  Native  Introduced  Naturalised  Invasive  Managed  No data

Environment


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Importance

CITES:
appendix 1 This species is listed on the CITES Appendix I which means it is threatened with extinction and CITES prohibits international trade in specimens of these species except when the purpose of the import is not commercial, for instance for scientific research.
EU Habitat Directive:
annex IV EU Habitat Directive Annex IV: Species of community interest in need of strict protection.
IUCN:
Red List status EN 2008This species is endangered and is considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild according to the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

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