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An adult dwarf minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacepede, 1804 from Fraser Island, Queensland



An adult dwarf minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacepede, 1804 from Fraser Island, Queensland



Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 45(2): 557-568, 30 June



A 7.0m long male dwarf minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacepede, 1804, stranded at Fraser Island, is the second recorded stranding of an adult from Queensland. The complete skeleton, baleen and larynx were collected and are described. In addition to the previously noted osteological features of the dwarf form of this species another characteristic differentiating it from the dark shoulder form is described, viz. a ratio > 1.50 of breadth to height in the centrum of the fifth cervical vertebra.

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