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False Killer Whale

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False Killer Whale
False Killer Whale
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Delphinidae
Genus Pseudorca
Species Pseudorca crassidens
Conservation Status
Data Deficient

The False Killer Whale is a species from Pseudorca genus. As its name implies, the false killer whale shares characteristics, such as appearance, with the more widely known Orca.


The false killer whale is black with a grey throat and neck. It has a slender body with an elongated tapered head and 44 teeth. The dorsal fin is sickle-shaped and its flippers are narrow, short and pointed. The average size is around 4.9 m. Females can reach a maximum known size 5.1 m in length and weigh 1,200 kg, while the largest males can reach 6.1 m and weigh as much as 2,200 kg.


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