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Balaenoptera acutorostrata   Lac√©p√®de, 1804

northern minke whale
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Mammalia | Cetacea | Balaenopteridae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Pelagic; brackish; depth range 0 - 732 m (Ref. 116169).  Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Circumglobal: Balaenoptera acutorostrata acutorostrata: North Atlantic; Balaenoptera acutorostrata scammoni: North Pacific (Ref. 1522).

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 1,070 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); 1070 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 14.0 t (Ref. 1394)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Distributed from the tropics to the ice edges in both hemispheres. They can be seen offshore, and more often in coastal and inshore areas. They are rarely seen in some tropical pelagic areas. Minimum depth from the Pacific (Ref. 83490) and maximum depth based from their food in the Atlantic (Ref. 83488). Feeds on krill and small schooling fishes (Ref. 1394). Oceanodromous (Ref. 75906). Distributed from the tropics to the ice edges in both hemispheres. They can be seen offshore, and more often in coastal and inshore areas. They are rarely seen in some tropical pelagic areas. Feeds on krill and small schooling fishes (Ref. 1394). Oceanodromous (Ref. 75906). Also in Ref. 75805 (Ref. 75906).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Jefferson, T.A., S. Leatherwood and M.A. Webber. 1993. (Ref. 1394)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
FAO(fisheries: production) | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

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References
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(fisheries: species profile; publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
High vulnerability (63 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown