21 April 2009

Cetaceans of the World

The new World Cetacea Database (WCD) is now available online.

Perrin W.F. 2009. World Cetacea Database

WCD has been originated from the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and it’s primarily a taxonomic facility where its sources include numerous fundamental taxonomic references. Coverage is limited to the living species, although one of them, the baiji or Yangtze river dolphin is possibly now extinct. Coverage of taxa includes families, genera, subgenera, species and subspecies. To help deal with older literature names covered include junior synonyms, unjustified emendations, suppressed names, misspellings and other non-operative names. In WCD is also possible to find also some other information as biology, distribution, images, etc.


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