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Rafinesque's Sicilian whale, Balena gastrytis

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dc.contributor.author Woodman, Neal en
dc.contributor.author Mead, James G. en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-27T09:01:37Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-27T09:01:37Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Woodman, Neal and Mead, James G. 2017. "<a href="https%3A%2F%2Frepository.si.edu%2Fhandle%2F10088%2F33759">Rafinesque&#39;s Sicilian whale, Balena gastrytis</a>." <em>Archives of Natural History</em>. 44 (2):229&ndash;240. <a href="https://doi.org/10.3366/anh.2017.0446">https://doi.org/10.3366/anh.2017.0446</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 0260-9541
dc.description.abstract In 1815, the naturalist Constantine S. Rafinesque described a new species of cetacean, Balena gastrytis, from Sicily, based on a whale that stranded on Carini beach near Palermo. In comparing the characteristics of his new whale with known species, Rafinesque also took the opportunity to name a new genus, Cetoptera, to replace Balaenoptera Lacepede, 1804. Unfortunately, few of Rafinesque&#39;s contemporaries saw his article, which appeared in Il Portafoglio, a local journal that he published and distributed. The journal remains rare, and awareness of the whale remains minimal, despite its relevance to cetacean taxonomy and understanding of whale diversity and distribution in the Mediterranean. We describe the circumstances of the stranding of the Sicilian whale and provide Rafinesque&#39;s original description of the whale, as well as an evaluation of its reported characteristics and its current identity. en
dc.relation.ispartof Archives of Natural History en
dc.title Rafinesque&#39;s Sicilian whale, Balena gastrytis en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 144183
dc.identifier.doi 10.3366/anh.2017.0446
rft.jtitle Archives of Natural History
rft.volume 44
rft.issue 2
rft.spage 229
rft.epage 240
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Vertebrate Zoology en
dc.description.SIUnit affiliated agency staff en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 229
dc.citation.epage 240


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