Desmoulins, A. 1822. Dict. Class. Hist. Nat., 2. 161, pl. pl.
Algoa Bay, South Africa, Africa, Indian Ocean
Mounted Baleen and Sperm Whale Skeletons - Compiled by T.W. French - Last updated 2012: Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France – Includes 3 complete skeletons of Southern Right Whale, at least one of which is on display. One is from New Zealand and 2 are from South Africa. The New Zealand specimen was obtained in Akaroa Harbour, Akaroa (75 km from Christchurch), NZ by Captain Bernard and Dr. Arnoux of the French corvette “La Rhin”. Its skeleton is 45 ft long with a 13 ft long skull. One of the other specimens was collected by M. De Lalande in 1820 from the Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. This skeleton is 49 ft long with a 14 ft, 6 in long skull. It was described as Balaena australis Desmoulins 1822 and later became the type for Eubaloena australis (Hershkovitz 1966, pp. 186-189). See photo in Fontaine (2005, p182).
Record Last Modified:
10 Sep 2013
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