Caperea marginata   (Gray,  1846) (Whale)
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Class: Mammalia

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Size: 6.1-6.4 m in length

Weight: 4.5 tons

Color: Dark gray on the dorsal side, which becomes increasingly darker with age; the ventral side is white.

The flanks of the whale feature two distinct chevron-shaped markings; a small falcate (curved) dorsal fin located on the posterior end of the body; small, narrow, rounded flippers are darker than the rest of the body; tail flukes have a slight notch in the center; upper jaw is arched while the lower jaw, which extends slightly beyond the upper jaw, is curved; upper jaw features between 210-230 baleen plates on each side; baleen plates of the whale are stronger and more flexible than other baleen whale species; two grooves are located on the throat; small heads and small blowholes; skeletal structure consists of 17 pairs of broad, flat ribs that extend 2/3 of the body length towards the posterior end.

They are strong, fast swimmers.

Synonym (s)
Balaena antipodarum Gray, 1864
Balaena marginata Gray, 1846
Caperea antipodarum Gray, 1866
Neobalaena marginata Gray, 1870

Common Name (s)
• Pygmy Right Whale (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal
IUCN Status:  Data Deficient



Literature Source(s)
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Myers, P; Espinosa, R; Parr, CS; Jones, T; Hammond, GS and Dewey, TA (2006) Animal diversity web Available at -
  • MarineBio Available at -

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