Australian Museum Journal The correct generic names for the Grampus or Killer Whale, and the so called Grampus or Risso’s Dolphin

Shortform:
Iredale and Troughton, 1933, Rec. Aust. Mus. 19(1): 28–36
Author(s):
Iredale, T.; Troughton, Ellis Le G.
Year published:
1933
Title:
The correct generic names for the Grampus or Killer Whale, and the so called Grampus or Risso’s Dolphin
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
19
Issue:
1
Start page:
28
End page:
36
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.19.1933.689
Language:
English
Plates:
plate x
Date published:
02 August 1933
Cover date:
02 August 1933
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
02 April 2009
Reference number:
689
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (105kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1438kb PDF)

Abstract

Following upon the recent record of the stranding of a male, and female "Grampus" griseus at Sydney, joint consideration of the taxonomy of the genus Grampus, involving the correct name for the Killer Whale, has thrown considerable light on a complex synonymy which has left the respective names in doubt for over a century. In this regard, it may be noted that in the 1922 Guide to the British Museum collection of Cetacea alternative popular and scientific names are given thus, "Grampus or Killer (Orcinus orca or Orca gladiator)," for the Killer Whale, an uncertainty which this paper endeavours to remove. An account of our conclusions derived from these investigations is now placed on record with a view to stabilising the generic name to be employed for the Killer Whale or Grampus, and providing a tenable name for the dolphin to which the name grampus has been popularly applied by authors since 1828, and which is sometimes known as Risso's Dolphin.