What Is The Scientific Name Of Pilot Whale? (ANSWER)
SCIENTIFIC NAME OF PILOT WHALE – In this topic, we are going to know and identify the scientific name of pilot whale.
Also known as pothead whales and blackfish, they are a species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) which belong to the oceanic dolphin family Delphinidae. They range nearly worldwide in colder waters; and tropical and subtropical waters.
They are among the largest of the oceanic dolphins, with the killer whale exceeded in size.
They feed primarily on squid, but will also hunt large demersal fish such as cod and turbot. The species are also highly social and may remain with their birth pod throughout their lifetime. They are notoriously-known for stranding on beaches.
They are mostly dark grey, brown, or black, but have some light areas such as a grey saddle patch behind the dorsal fin. They also have light areas in an anchor-shaped patch under the chin, a faint blaze marking behind the eye, a large marking on the belly, among others. Their dorsal fin is set forward on the back and sweeps backwards.
Their pods were said to be “piloted” by a leader, hence, the name.
They are more robust than most dolphins, and has a distinctive large, bulbous melon.
The binomial name of pilot whale is Globicephala.
Globicephala is a genus of pilot whale in the oceanic dolphin family Delphinidae. The name a combination of the Latin word globus which means “round ball” or “globe” and the Greek word kephale , which means “head“.
It also has two extant species, namels:
- long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas)
- short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)