Science Quiz / Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises - All of Them

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Can you give the common names of all living species of cetacean?

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Scientific NameCommon NameFamily/Other Notes
Caperea marginataCetotheriidae
Balaena mysticetusBalaenidae
Eubalaena australisBalaenidae
Eubalaena glacialisBalaenidae
Eubalaena japonicaBalaenidae
Balaenoptera physalusBalaenopteridae
Eschrichtius robustusBalaenopteridae (traditionally Eschrichtiidae)
Megaptera novaeangliaeBalaenopteridae
Pterobalaena acutorostrataBalaenopteridae; traditionally in the genus Balaenoptera
Pterobalaena bonaerensisBalaenopteridae; traditionally in the genus Balaenoptera
Rorqualus borealisBalaenopteridae; traditionally in the genus Balaenoptera
Rorqualus brydeiBalaenopteridae; traditionally in the genus Balaenoptera
Rorqualus edeniBalaenopteridae; traditionally in the genus Balaenoptera
Rorqualus musculusBalaenopteridae; traditionally in the genus Balaenoptera
Rorqualus omuraiBalaenopteridae; traditionally in the genus Balaenoptera
Physeter macrocephalusPhyseteridae
Kogia brevicepsKogiidae
Kogia simaKogiidae
Berardius arnuxiiZiphiidae
Berardius bairdiiZiphiidae
Hyperoodon ampullatusZiphiidae
Hyperoodon planifronsZiphiidae
Indopacetus pacificusZiphiidae
Mesoplodon bidensZiphiidae
Mesoplodon bowdoiniZiphiidae
Mesoplodon carlhubbsiZiphiidae
Mesoplodon densirostrisZiphiidae
Mesoplodon europaeusZiphiidae
Mesoplodon ginkgodensZiphiidae
Mesoplodon grayiZiphiidae
Mesoplodon hectoriZiphiidae
Scientific NameCommon NameFamily/Other Notes
Mesoplodon hotaulaZiphiidae; 'rediscovered' in 2014
Mesoplodon layardiiZiphiidae
Mesoplodon mirusZiphiidae
Mesoplodon perriniZiphiidae; described in 2002
Mesoplodon peruvianusZiphiidae
Mesoplodon stejnegeriZiphiidae
Mesoplodon traversiiZiphiidae
Tasmacetus shepherdiZiphiidae
Ziphius cavirostrisZiphiidae
Delphinapterus leucasMonodontidae
Monodon monocerosMonodontidae
Cephalorhynchus australisDelphinidae; traditionally in the genus Lagenorhynchus
Cephalorhynchus commersoniDelphinidae
Cephalorhynchus crucigerDelphinidae; traditionally in the genus Lagenorhynchus
Cephalorhynchus eutropiaDelphinidae
Cephalorhynchus heavisidiiDelphinidae
Cephalorhynchus hectoriDelphinidae
Delphinus capensisDelphinidae; may be split into two different species
Delphinus delphisDelphinidae
Feresa attenuataDelphinidae; called 'whale' despite being a dolphin
Globicephala macrorhynchusDelphinidae; called 'whale' despite being a dolphin
Globicephala melasDelphinidae; called 'whale' despite being a dolphin
Grampus griseusDelphinidae
Lagenodelphis hoseiDelphinidae
Lagenorhynchus albirostrisDelphinidae
Leucopleurus acutusDelphinidae; traditionally in the genus Lagenorhynchus
Lissodelphis borealisDelphinidae
Lissodelphis perroniiDelphinidae
Orcaella brevirostrisDelphinidae
Orcaella heinsohniDelphinidae; described in 2005
Orcinus orcaDelphinidae; often called 'whale' despite being a dolphin; likely to be divided into several different species
Scientific NameCommon NameFamily/Other Notes
Peponocephala electraDelphinidae; often called 'whale' despite being a dolphin
Pseudorca crassidensDelphinidae; called 'whale' despite being a dolphin
Sotalia fluviatilisDelphinidae
Sagmatias obliquidensDelphinidae; traditionally in the genus Lagenorhynchus
Sagmatias obscurusDelphinidae; traditionally in the genus Lagenorhynchus
Sotalia guianensisDelphinidae
Sousa chinensisDelphindae
Sousa plumbeaDelphinidae; split from Sousa chinensis in 2014
Sousa sahulensisDelphinidae; described in 2014
Sousa teusziiDelphinidae
Stenella attenuataDelphinidae
Stenella clymeneDelphinidae
Stenella coeruleoalbaDelphinidae
Stenella frontalisDelphinidae
Stenella longirostrisDelphinidae
Steno bredanensisDelphinidae
''Tursiops'' aduncusDelphinidae; likely to be reclassified as Stenella aduncus or a new genus
''Tursiops'' australisDelphinidae; described in 2011; possibly to be reclassified as Stenella australis or a new genus
Tursiops truncatusDelphinidae; may be divided into different species
Platanista gangeticaPlatanistidae; may be divided into two different species
Inia geoffrensisIniidae; may be divided into two or three different species
Pontoporia blainvilleiPontoporiidae
Neophocaena asiaorientalisPhocoenidae
Neophocaena phocaenoidesPhocoenidae
Phocoena dioptricaPhocoenidae
Phocoena phocoenaPhocoenidae
Phocoena sinusPhocoenidae
Phocoena spinipinnisPhocoenidae
Phocoenoides dalliPhocoenidae

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