Subject: Re: northern right whale dolphin

Al Romero (aromero@ACC.FAU.EDU)
Mon, 07 Apr 1997 13:35:16 -0500 (EST)

>Date: Mon, 07 Apr 1997 11:30:23
>To: niver@mail.tulsa.k12.ok.us
>From: Al Romero <aromero@acc.fau.edu>
>Subject: Re: northern right whale dolphin
>Cc: Pita@whale.simmons.edu
>
>>Is the northern right whale the same as the northern right whale dolphin?
>> Ben Niver
>
>>Betty Niver
>>niver@mail.tulsa.k12.ok.us
>>Librarian/Computer Teacher
>
>Dear Ben:
>
>No. The northern right whale is a true (mysticeti, baleen) whale whose
scientific name is Eubalaena glacialis.  The northern right whale dolphin is
a toothed (odontocete) cetacean whose scientific name is Lissodelphis
borealis and belongs to the family delphinidae (the same for most
dolphin-type cetaceans).
>
>It is somehow confusing the use of "whale" and "dolphin" as part of the
common name for the same species. That is one of the reasons why there are
scientific names, so there is no ambiguity regarding the organism we are
referring to. To make things even more complicated, there is another species
called "white whale" (Delphinapterus leucas) also known as beluga.
>
>If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
>
>Best wishes,
>
>
Aldemaro Romero, Ph.D.		
Florida Atlantic University	(954)236-1125	
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