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Pseudorca crassidens


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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 
Haiti, Venezuela, São Tomé e Principé, Equatorial Guinea, Niue, Benin, the Cocos Islands / Keeling Islands, Tasmanien, Ghana, Peru, Kuwait, Guatemala, Raja Amat, India, Namibia, Wallis and Futuna, Israel, Sierra Leone, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Netherlands Antilles, Cambodia, Straße von Gibralta, Barbados, Suriname, the Ivory Coast, Togo, Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu, Guadeloupe, Portugal, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, Brunei Darussalam, Yemen, Northeast Pacific Ocean, Zirkumsubtropisch, South Australia, Columbia, Panama, Gulf of Oman / Oman, Nauru, West Sahara, Jamaica, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Chile, Nigeria, Cameroon, Djibouti, Kiribati, Ecuador, Pakistan, Cuba, Tokelau, Gambia, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Morocco, Myanmar, Vietnam, Iran, Senegal, Western Australia, Jordan, Costa Rica, Northern Mariana Islands, Quatar, El Salvador, Eastern Indian Ocean, Congo, French Guiana, Papua, Amerikansk Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua og Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australien, Bahamas, Bali, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Borneo, Brasilien, Britiske Jomfruøer, Britiske øer, Canada, Cayman øerne, Centrale Atlanterhav, Cook øerne, Curacao, Dominica, Dominikanske republik, Egypten, Europæiske kyster, Fiji, Filippinerne, Fransk Polynesien, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Hawaii, Honduras, Indiske ocean, Indo Stillehavet, Indonesien, Japan, Kap Verde, Kenya, Kina, Korea, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldiverne, Marshall øerne, Martinique, Middelhavet, Mikronesien , New Zealand, Nicaragua, Ny Kaledonien, Palau, Påskeøen, Persiske golf, Pitcairns øgruppen, Rødehavet, Saint Kitts og Nevis, Saint Helena, Salomonøerne, Samoa, Skandinavien, Sortehavet, Spanien, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent og Grenadinerne, Sydamerika, Sydatlanten, Sydlige Stillehav, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor, Tonga, Trinidad og Tobago, Turks og Caicos øerne, USA, Vanuatu , Vestafrika, Vestlige Atlanterhav, Vestlige Indiske ocean, Vestlige Stillehav, Virgin Islands, U.S., Ækvator, Øst Afrika, Østersøen, Østlige Atlanterhav, Østlige Stillehav 
Sea depth:
1 - 2332 Meter 
bis zu 600cm 
2000 kg 
Tuna, Predatory, Nekton, Carnivore, Blæksprutte, Små fisk, Små hajer, store fisk 
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




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