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Cetaceans of the World

There are over 80 cetacean species in the world, which are listed below by their common name under their Suborder and Family name.

Suborder Mysticeti: The Baleen Whales

Family Balaenidae: The Right Whales

Bowhead Whale - Balaena mysticetus

North Atlantic Right Whale - Eubalaena glacialis

North Pacific Right Whale - Eubalaena japonica

Southern Right Whale - Eubalaena australis

Family Neobalaenidae: The Pygmy Right Whale

Pygmy Right Whale - Caperea marginata

Family Eschrichtiidae: The Gray Whale

Gray Whale - Eschrichtius robustus

Family Balaenopteridae: The Rorqual Whales

Subfamily Megapterinae

Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae

Subfamily Balaenopterinae

Antarctic Minke Whale - Balaenoptera bonaerensis

Blue Whale - Balaenoptera musculus

Indian Ocean Blue Whale - Balaenoptera musculus indica

Northern Blue Whale - Balaenoptera musculus musculus

Pygmy Blue Whale - Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda

Southern Blue Whale - Balaenoptera musculus intermedia

Bryde's Whale (Eden's Whale) - Balaenoptera edeni

Bryde's Whale - Balaenoptera brydei

Fin Whale - Balaenoptera physalus

Northern Fin Whale - Balaenoptera physalus physalus

Southern Fin Whale - Balaenoptera physalus quoyi

Minke Whale - Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Atlantic Minke Whale - Balaenoptera acutorostrata acutorostrata

Dwarf Minke Whale - Balaenoptera acutorostrata subsp.

North Pacific Minke Whale - Balaenoptera acutorostrata scammoni

Sei Whale - Balaenoptera borealis

Northern Sei Whale - Balaenoptera borealis borealis

Southern Sei Whale - Balaenoptera borealis schlegllii

Suborder Odontoceti: The Toothed Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Family Physeteridae: The Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale - Physeter macrocephalus

Family Kogiidae: The Pygmy and Dwarf Sperm Whales

Dwarf Sperm Whale - Kogia simus (sima)

Pygmy Sperm Whale - Kogia breviceps

Family Ziphiidae: The Beaked Whales

Arnoux's Beaked Whale - Berardius arnuxii

Baird's Beaked Whale (North Pacific Bottlenose Whale) - Berardius bairdii

Cuvier's Beaked Whale - Ziphius cavirostris

Shepherd's Beaked Whale (Tasman Beaked Whale) - Tasmacetus shepherdi

Subfamily Hyperodontidae

Andrew's Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon bowdoini

Bahamonde's Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon bahamondi

Blainville's Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon densirostris

Gervais' Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon europaeus

Ginkgo-toothed Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon ginkgodens

Gray's Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon grayi

Hector's Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon hectori

Hubbs' Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon carlhubbsi

Lesser Beaked Whale (Pygmy Beaked Whale) - Mesoplodon peruvianus

Longman's Beaked Whale (Indo-Pacific Beaked Whale) - Mesoplodon (Indopacetus) pacificus

Northern Bottlenose Whale - Hyperoodon ampullatus

Perrin's Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon perrini

Southern Bottlenose Whale - Hyperoodon planifrons

Sowerby's Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon bidens

Spade-toothed Whale - Mesoplodon traversii

Stejneger's Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon stejnegeri

Strap-toothed Whale (Layard.s Beaked Whale) - Mesoplodon layardii

True's Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon mirus

Unidentified Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon sp. 'A'

Family Platanistidae: The Indus and Ganges River Dolphins

Ganges River Dolphin - Platanista gangetica gangetica

Indus River Dolphin - Platanista gangetica minor

Family Iniidae: The Amazon River Dolphin

Amazon River Dolphin (Boto) - Inia geoffrensis geoffrensis

Orinoco River Dolphin - Inia geoffrensis humboldtiana

Rio Madeira River Dolphin - Inia geoffrensis boliviensis

Family Lipotidae: The Chinese River Dolphin

Yangtse River Dolphin (Baiji) - Lipotes vexillifer

Family Pontoporiidae: The Franciscana River Dolphins

Franciscana - Pontoporia blainvillei

Family Monodontidae: The Beluga and Narwhal

Beluga - Delphinapterus leucas

Narwhal - Monodon monoceros

Family Delphinidae: Blackfish

False Killer Whale - Pseudorca crassidens

Killer Whale - Orcinus orca

Long-finned Pilot Whale - Globicephala melas

Melon-headed Whale - Peponocephala electra

Pygmy Killer Whale - Feresa attenuata

Short-finned Pilot Whale - Globicephala macrorhynchus

Family Delphinidae: The Oceanic Dolphins with Prominent Beaks

Arabian Common Dolphin - Delphinus tropicalis

Atlantic Hump-backed Dolphin - Sousa teuszii

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin - Stenella frontalis

Bottlenose Dolphin - Tursiops truncatus

Clymene Dolphin - Stenella clymene

Indian Hump-backed Dolphin - Sousa plumbea

Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin - Tursiops aduncus

Long-beaked Common Dolphin - Delphinus capensis

Long-snouted Spinner Dolphin - Stenella longirostris

Central American Spinner Dolphin - Stenella longirostris centroamericana

Cosmopolitan Spinner Dolphin - Stenella longirostris longirostris

Tropical Pacific Spinner Dolphin - Stenella longirostris orientalis

Northern Right Whale Dolphin - Lissodelphis borealis

Pacific Hump-backed Dolphin - Sousa chinensis

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin - Stenella attenuata

Eastern Pacific Coastal Spotted Dolphin - Stenella attenuata graffmani

Eastern Pacific Offshore Spotted Dolphin - Stenella attenuata subsp.

Hawaiian Spotted Dolphin - Stenella attenuata subsp.

Rough-toothed Dolphin - Steno bredanensis

Short-beaked Common Dolphin - Delphinus delphis

Southern Right Whale Dolphin - Lissodelphis peronii

Striped Dolphin - Stenella coeruleoalba

Tucuxi - Sotalia fluviatilis

Amazon River Tucuxi - Sotalia fluviatilis fluviatilis

Atlantic Coast Tucuxi - Sotalia fluviatilis guianensis

Family Delphinidae: The Oceanic Dolphins without Prominent Beaks

Atlantic White-sided Dolphin - Lagenorhynchus acutus

Chilean Dolphin (Black Dolphin) - Cephalorhynchus eutropria

Commerson's Dolphin - Cephalorhynchus commersonii

Dusky Dolphin - Lagenorhynchus obscurus

New Zealand Dusky Dolphin - Lagenorhynchus obscurus subsp.

South African Dusky Dolphin - Lagenorhynchus obscurus obscurus

South American Dusky Dolphin - Lagenorhynchus obscurus fitzroyi

Fraser's Dolphin - Lagenodelphis hosei

Heaviside's Dolphin - Cephalorhynchus heavisidii

Hector's Dolphin - Cephalorhynchus hectori

Hourglass Dolphin - Lagenorhynchus cruciger

Irrawaddy Dolphin - Orcaella brevirostris

Pacific White-sided Dolphin - Lagenorhynchus obliquidens

Peale's Dolphin - Lagenorhynchus australis

Risso's Dolphin - Grampus griseus

White-beaked Dolphin - Lagenorhynchus albirostris

Family Phocoenidae: The True Porpoises

Burmeister's Porpoise - Phocoena spinipinnis

Dall's Porpoise - Phocoenoides dalli

North Pacific Dall.s Porpoise - Phocoenoides dalli dalli

West Pacific Dall's Porpoise - Phocoenoides dalli truei

Finless Porpoise - Neophocaena phocaenoides

Chinese Finless Porpoise - Neophocaena phocaenoides sunameri

Indo-Pacific Finless Porpoise - Neophocaena phocaenoides phocaenoides

Yangtse Finless Porpoise - Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaorientalis

Harbour Porpoise - Phocoena phocoena

Eastern North Pacific Harbour Porpoise - Phocoena phocoena vomerina

North Atlantic Harbour Porpoise - Phocoena phocoena phocoena

Western North Pacific Harbour Porpoise - Phocoena phocoena subsp.

Spectacled Porpoise - Phocoena dioptrica

Vaquita - Phocoena sinus

Source of information:

Carwardine, Mark. Eyewitness Handbook Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises. 1995.
Leatherwood, Stephen and Randall R. Reeves. The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins. 1983.
Wynne, Kate and Malia Schwartz. A Guide To Marine Mammals & Turtles of the U.S. Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico. 1999.