Scientists aim to describe a single 'tree of life' that reflects the evolutionary relationships of living things. However, evolutionary relationships are a matter of ongoing discovery, and there are different opinions about how living things should be grouped and named. EOL reflects these differences by supporting several different scientific 'classifications'. Some species have been named more than once. Such duplicates are listed under synonyms. EOL also provides support for common names which may vary across regions as well as languages.

Preferred marks the preferred classification for this taxon.

Recognized By Rank Classification
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013
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Life History Characteristics of Placental Non-Volant Mammals Genus
Animal Diversity Web Descriptions Genus
BHL: BioDivLibrary's photostream Genus
BOLDS resource for higher-level taxa
BOLDS images II Genus
BOLDS resource for species-level taxa Genus
Conabio Genus
EOL Group on Flickr Genus
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Freshwater and Marine Image Bank, University Libraries, U Washington
Global Biotic Interactions Genus
Gulf of Maine Area CoML resource Genus
IABIN resource Genus
INBio resource Genus
IUCN Red List Genus
IUCN Red List
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Genus Import Import Genus
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
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Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel Species
AnAge database Genus
Mammal life history Genus
Taxonomic Hierarchy of COL-China 2012 Mammalia Genus
Mammals Resource Genus
MarLIN resource Genus
Milk Chemical Data Genus
NCBI Taxonomy
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Natural History Museum Species of the day Genus
NatureServe resource Genus
North American Mammals Resource Genus
OBIS Environmental Information
  • Physeter Linnaeus, 1758
OBIS depth range resource Genus
Paleobiology Database
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Smithsonian type specimen data Genus
South African Vertebrates
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Monthly ARKive text import Genus
Taxonomic Hierarchy of COL-China 2012
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World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)
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Wikimedia Commons Genus
Wikipedia Genus
iNaturalist Images Genus


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