Mysticetes


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Mysticetes

baleen whales; 11 species including the blue whale.
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Among fossil Cetacea that have been reported from tropical latitudes, Deraniyagala (1967, 1969a, b) reported odontocetes and mysticetes from Ceylon, and he named some extinct taxa on questionably diagnostic materials.
Mysticetes were represented only by three species members of the family Balaenopteridae that with the exception of Megaptera novaeangliae may inhabit primarily oceanic waters.
By contrast, the mysticetes (members of the group Mysticeti) have no teeth but possess large, specialized plates made from a horny substance known as baleen.
In varying proportions, pinnipeds (true seals or phocids, eared seals or otariids, and walrus), and cetaceans (baleen whales or mysticetes, and toothed whales or odontocetes), were critical sources of food, fuel, hides, and other raw materials for all Eskimo populations.
Mysticetes, such as the blue whale, lack the ability to echolocate.
A nonparametric Mann Whitney-U test was used to determine if the rates of prevalence differed between Mysticetes and Odontocetes and a nonparametric Kruskal-Wallace test was used to determine if the prevalence rates differed significantly among species.