Abstract

Following upon the recent record of the stranding of a male, and female "Grampus" griseus at Sydney, joint consideration of the taxonomy of the genus Grampus, involving the correct name for the Killer Whale, has thrown considerable light on a complex synonymy which has left the respective names in doubt for over a century. In this regard, it may be noted that in the 1922 Guide to the British Museum collection of Cetacea alternative popular and scientific names are given thus, "Grampus or Killer (Orcinus orca or Orca gladiator)," for the Killer Whale, an uncertainty which this paper endeavours to remove. An account of our conclusions derived from these investigations is now placed on record with a view to stabilising the generic name to be employed for the Killer Whale or Grampus, and providing a tenable name for the dolphin to which the name grampus has been popularly applied by authors since 1828, and which is sometimes known as Risso's Dolphin.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Iredale and Troughton, 1933, Rec. Aust. Mus. 19(1): 28–36
Author
T. Iredale; Ellis Le G. Troughton
Year
1933
Title
The correct generic names for the Grampus or Killer Whale, and the so called Grampus or Risso’s Dolphin
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
19
Issue
1
Start Page
28
End Page
36
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.19.1933.689
Language
English
Plates
plate x
Date Published
02 August 1933
Cover Date
02 August 1933
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Digitized
02 April 2009
Reference Number
689
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