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Taxonavigation: Archaeoceti 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Cladus: Synapsida
Cladus: Eupelycosauria
Cladus: Sphenacodontia
Cladus: Sphenacodontoidea
Ordo: Therapsida
Cladus: Theriodontia
Subordo: Cynodontia
Infraordo: Eucynodontia
Cladus: Probainognathia
Cladus: Prozostrodontia
Cladus: Mammaliaformes
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Trechnotheria
Infraclassis: Zatheria
Supercohort: Theria
Cohort: Eutheria
Cohort: Placentalia
Superordo: Boreoeutheria
Superordo: Laurasiatheria
Cladus: Cetartiodactyla
Ordo: Cetacea
Taxon: †"Archaeoceti"

Familia: †Basilosauridae
Genus: †Basilosaurus
Species (3): B. cetoides – B. drazindai – B. isis


Type species: Zeuglodon cetoides Owen, 1839


  • Alabamornis Abel, 1906
  • Hydrarchos Koch, 1845 [nomen nudum]
  • Hydrarchus Müller, 1849
  • Hydrargos Koch, 1845
  • Polyptychodon Emmons, 1858
  • Zeuglodon Owen, 1839
  • Zyglodon Hammerschmidt, 1848
  • Zygodon Owen, 1839


  • Harlan, R. 1834. Notice of fossil bones found in the Tertiary formation of the State of Louisiana. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 4: 397–403.
  • Owen, R. 1839. Observations on the Basilosaurus of Dr. Harlan (Zeuglodon cetoides). Transactions of the Geological Society of London 6: 69–79.
  • Andrews, C.W. 1904. Further notes on the mammals of the Eocene of Egypt. Part III. Geological Magazine, London Ser. 5 (1): 211–215.
  • Gingerich, P.D.; Arif, M.; Bhatti, M.A.; Anwar, M.; Sanders, W.J. 1997. Basilosaurus drazindai and Basiloterus hussaini, new archaeoceti (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the Middle Eocene Drazinda Formation, with a revised interpretation of ages of whale-bearing strata in the Kirthar Group of the Sulaiman Range, Punjab (Pakistan). Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan 30 (2): 55–81.

Vernacular names[edit]

English: Basilosaurus ("King Lizard")
日本語: バシロサウルス
中文: 龍王鯨屬
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