Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAVS: 1901

Species Balaenoptera bonaerensis Burmeister, 1867

Antarctic Minke Whale




New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

S Atlantic; Clayton et al. (2006) give the general distribution of this species.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Southern Province (8), West Tasmania Transition (9)

Other Regions

Australian Antarctic Territory

Ecological Descriptors

Migratory, oceanic province, pelagic, planktivore.


General References

Anon. 1978. Southern Hemisphere Baleen Whales. pp. 54-56 in [Committee] (ed.). Mammals in the Seas. FAO Fisheries Series 5(1). Rome : FAO/UN.

Arnold, P., Marsh, H. & Heinsohn, G. 1987. The occurrence of two forms of minke whales in east Australian waters with a description of external characters and skeleton of the diminutive or dwarf form. Scientific Reports of the Whales Research Institute, Tokyo 38: 1-46

Bannister, J.L., Kemper, C.M. & Warneke, R.M. 1996. The Action Plan for Australian Cetaceans. Canberra : Australian Nature Conservation Agency 242 pp.

Best, P.B. 1982. Seasonal abundance, feeding, reproduction, age and growth in minke whales off Durban (with incidental observations from the Antarctic). Report of the International Whaling Commission 32: 759-786

Bryden, M.M. 1978. Whales and whaling in Queensland waters. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 89: v-xviii

Gaskin, D.E. 1972. Whales, Dolphins and Seals, with Special Reference to the New Zealand Region. London : Heinemann 200 pp.

Horwood, J. 1990. Biology and Exploitation of the Minke Whale. Baton Rouge, Florida : CRC Press.

Kasamatsu, F., Nishiwaki, S. & Ishikawa, H. 1995. Breeding areas and southbound migrations of southern minke whales Balaenoptera acutorostrata. Marine Ecology Progress Series 119: 1-10

Ling, J.K. & Aitken, P.F. 1981. Marine mammals in South Australia. in, S.A. Year Book, 1981. Adelaide : Australian Bureau of Statistics 10 pp.

Mahoney, J.A. 1975. The identity and status of Thomas' 'lectotype' of Leporillus apicalis (Gould, 1853) [Rodentia: Muridae]. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 99: 101-104

Stewart, B.S. & Leatherwood, S. 1985. Minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacépède, 1804. pp. 91-136 in Ridgway, S.H. & Harrison, R.J. (eds). Handbook of Marine Mammals. Volume 3. The sirenians and baleen whales. London : Academic Press 362 pp.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
16-Dec-2010 16-Dec-2010 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)