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Goldbogen, J.A., Potvin, J. and Shadwick, R.E. (2010) Skull and Buccal Cavity Allometry Increase Mass-Specific Engulfment Capacity in Fin Whales. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 277, 861-868.
https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2009.1680

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  • TITLE: Developmental Changes in the Morphology of Western North Pacific Bryde’s Whales (Balaenoptera edeni)

    AUTHORS: Takeharu Bando, Gen Nakamura, Yoshihiro Fujise, Hidehiro Kato

    KEYWORDS: Bryde’s Whale, Body Proportion, Allometric Growth

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Animal Sciences, Vol.7 No.3, July 24, 2017

    ABSTRACT: Developmental changes in the body proportions of western North Pacific Bryde’s whales (Balaenoptera edeni) were investigated by examining the proportion of each body part to the total body length. The head and chest region increased to a certain body length; subsequently, the length of head region stabilized, and that of the chest region decreased. The length of the abdominal region remained constant to a certain body length and subsequently showed a marked increase, and that of the tail region decreased consistently. The length of dorsal fin and flukes decreased consistently, whereas that of the flippers remained constant to a certain body length and subsequently decreased. The relative growth pattern determined by an allometric analysis was positive for the head region but negative for the lower body part, flippers, flukes, and dorsal fin. Both sexes demonstrated the same growth pattern, but the coefficients differed. This is the first study to investigate developmental changes in the body proportions of Bryde’s whales using more than 700 specimens covering a wide body length range. We believe that the results of this study will contribute to various research fields, including taxonomy, phylogeny, and feeding ecology of this species.