Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAVS: 1572

Species Balaenoptera edeni Anderson, 1878

Bryde's Whale

Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy




New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Circumglobal but tropical and warm temperate waters only.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasman Basin Province (13), Lord Howe Province (14), Central Eastern Transition (15), Kenn Transition (16), Kenn Province (17), Northeast Province (18), Northeast Transition (19), Cape Province (20), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northwest Province (4), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41), Central Western Transition (5)

Ecological Descriptors

Continental shelf, oceanic, pelagic, predator.


General References

Aitken, P.F. 1971. Whales from the coast of South Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 95: 95-103

Anon. 1977. Report of the Special Meeting of the Scientific Committee on Sei and Bryde's Whales. Rep. Int. Whal. Comm. (Special Issue 1). 150 pp.

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. 1977. Two allopatric forms of Bryde's whale off South Africa. Reports of the International Whaling Commission Special Issue 1: 10-38

Dixon, J.M. 1970. Two new whale records from Victoria. Victorian Naturalist 87: 88-93

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

Kato, H. 2002. Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni and B. brydei. pp. 171-177 in Perrin, W.F., Wursig, B. & Thewissen, J.G.M. (eds). Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. San Diego : Academic Press.

Leatherwood, S. & Reeves, R.R. 1983. The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins. San Francisco : Sierra Club Books xviii 302 pp.

Priddel, D. & Wheeler, R. 1997. Rescue of a Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni entrapped in the Manning River, New South Wales: Unmitigated success or unwarranted intervention? The Australian Zoologist 30: 261-271

Warneke, R.M. 1983. Whale stranding — accident or design. Australian Natural History 21: 43-47

Watson, L. 1981. Sea Guide to Whales of the World. London : Hutchinson 302 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)