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Pseudorca crassidens False Killer Whale

Pseudorca crassidensis commonly referred to as False Killer Whale. Difficulty in the aquarium: Not suitable for aquarium keeping. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

Profilbild Urheber Alan Moore, USA

Foto:Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii

während eines Schnorcheltauchgangs fotografiert
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Pseudorca crassidens 
Schwarzer Schwertwal, Unechter Schwertwal, Kleine Schwertwal 
False Killer Whale 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Mammalia (Class) > Cetartiodactyla (Order) > Delphinidae (Family) > Pseudorca (Genus) > crassidens (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Owen, ), 1846 
Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, Zirkumsubtropisch, West Sahara, Djibouti, Gambia, El Salvador, Benin, Tasmanien, Ghana, Kuwait, Barbados, Straße von Gibralta, Suriname, Guadeloupe, Sint Eustatius and Saba, the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, (the) Maldives, American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Arabian Sea, Argentina, Aruba, Ascencion, St. Helena & Tristan da Cunha, Australia, Bali, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Borneo (Kalimantan), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada , Central Atlantic, Chile, China, Circumtropic, Columbia, Congo, Cook Islands, Corea, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Africa, East-Atlantic Ocean, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Eastern Indian Ocean, Eastern Pacific Ocean, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, European Coasts, Fiji, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Gulf of Oman / Oman, Guyana, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, India, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marschall Islands, Martinique, Micronesia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Niue, Northeast Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands, Pacific Ocean, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Quatar, Raja Amat, Red Sea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé e Principé, Scandinavia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South America, South Atlantic, South Australia, South-Pazific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, The Bahamas, the British Isles, the Cape Verde Archipelago, the Cayman Islands, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Cocos Islands / Keeling Islands, the Ivory Coast, the Mediterranean Sea, the Netherlands Antilles, Timor, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, U.S., Wallis and Futuna, West Africa, West-Atlantic Ocean, Western Australia, Western Indian Ocean, Western Pacific Ocean, Yemen 
Sea depth:
1 - 2332 Meter 
up to 236.22" (600 cm) 
2000 kg 
Big fish, Carnivore, Fish (little fishes), Nekton, Predatory, Sepia, Small Sharks, Tuna 
Not suitable for aquarium keeping 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
Red List:
Data deficient (DD) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
Last edit:
2020-05-17 10:54:39 


Pseudorca crassidens is a killer whale, but it is much less well known than its big cousin, the black and white orca (Orcinus orca), which is wrongly called "killer whale".
Both killer whale species belong to the dolphin family, live in social groups and are top predators at the end of the food chain.

Pseudorca crassidens is a bit smaller than the orca and, like orcas, hunts mainly in groups, although one such group also catches and eats other predators of the sea, e.g. sharks.

The dominance of the large marine hunters at the end of the food chain is countered by a growing burden of environmental toxins that are "up the food chain" and eventually reach the killer whales, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury.
These toxins have severe health effects on the animals.
The increasing overfishing of the oceans by humans is also making it increasingly difficult for the killer whales to find sufficient food.

Globicephalus grayi Burmeister, 1867
Orca crassidens Gray, 1846
Orca destructor Cope, 1866
Orca meridionalis Flower, 1865
Phocaena crassidens Owen, 1846
Pseudorca crassidens meridionalis Deraniyagala, 1945
Pseudorca grayi Burmeister, 1872
Pseudorca mediterranea Giglioli, 1882
Pseudorca meridionalis Gray, 1866

External links

  1. Encyclodedia of Life (EOL) (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. False Killer Whales with a Bottlenose Dolphin (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  3. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  4. Marine Species Idientifcation Portal (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  5. SeaLifeBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  6. Trauernde Orca-Mutter trägt totes Baby 17 Tage lang durchs Meer (de). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  7. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.




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