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Platanista gangetica  (Lebeck, 1801)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 1116956

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Platanista gangetica (Roxburgh, 1801)
    Plantanista gangetica (Roxburgh, 1801)
    Delphinus gangetica Roxburgh, 1801
    Delphinus gangeticus Lebeck, 1801
    Delphinus gangeticus Roxburgh, 1801
    Susu gangetica (Lebeck, 1801)
    Delphinorhynchus gangetica (Lebeck, 1801)
  Common Name(s): Ganges River Dolphin [English]
    South Asian River Dolphin [English]
    Susu [Hindi]
    Bhulan [English]
    Indian River Dolphin [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassMammalia Linnaeus, 1758 – mammifères, mamífero, mammals  
                         SubclassTheria Parker and Haswell, 1897  
                            InfraclassEutheria Gill, 1872  
                               OrderCetacea Brisson, 1762 – baleines, cétacés, dauphins, mammfères marins, marsouins, baleia, cetáceo, golfinho, cetaceans, whales, dolphins, marine mammals, porpoises  
                                  SuborderOdontoceti Flower, 1867 – toothed whales  
                                     FamilyPlatanistidae Gray, 1846 – river dolphins  
                                        GenusPlatanista Wagler, 1830 – Ganges dolphins, Indus dolphins, susu  
                                           SpeciesPlatanista gangetica (Lebeck, 1801) – Ganges River Dolphin, Susuk, South Asian River Dolphin, Susu, Bhulan, Indian River Dolphin  
    Direct Children:  
                                              Subspecies Platanista gangetica gangetica (Lebeck, 1801) – Susu, Ganges River Dolphin 
                                              Subspecies Platanista gangetica minor Owen, 1853 – Indus River dolphin, Bhulan 

  Reference for:    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: List of Marine Mammal Species and Subspecies, website (version Aug 2018)  
  Acquired: 2019   
  Notes: Committee on Taxonomy. 2018. List of marine mammal species and subspecies. Society for Marine Mammalogy,, consulted on 16 April 2019   
  Reference for: Platanista gangetica, Ganges River Dolphin [English], South Asian River Dolphin [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Kinze, C. C.  
  Publication Date: 2000   
  Article/Chapter Title: Rehabilitation of Platanista gangetica (Lebeck, 1801) as the valid scientific name of the Ganges dolphin   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Zoologische Mededelingen Leiden, vol. 74, no. 11   
  Page(s): 193-203   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 0007-5167   
  Notes: Available online at   
  Reference for: Platanista gangetica, Susuk   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Würsig, Bernd, J. G. M. Thewissen, and Kit M. Kovacs, eds.  
  Publication Date: 2018   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, 3rd edition   
  Page(s): xxxi + 1157   
  Publisher: Elsevier   
  Publication Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-12-8043271   
  Notes: Species and classification provided on pages xxix-xxxi   
  Reference for: Bhulan[English], Indian River Dolphin [English], South Asian River Dolphin [English], Susu [Hindi]   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Southern Asia  



  Comment: While Würsig et al. (2018: page xxx) attribute the name to Roxburgh, 1801, the Society for Marine Mammalogy apparently follows Kinze (2000) in recognzing Lebeck, 1801 as the correct author (and thus, Roxburgh's name as a junior homonym). ICZN Opinion 1575 (1989) does establish that Roxburgh's name is available, but it doesn't even mention Lebeck's name. Kinze carefully analyzed the two works and other available evidence and concluded that Lebeck's name was published 'before 24 August 1801,' and that Roxburgh's name was, for the purposes of priority, published 31 December 1801 (per ICZN Articles 21.7 and 21.3). Accordingly, Lebeck's name has priority and must be used over Roxburgh's  



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