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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 
Togo, French Polynesia, Pacific Ocean, Corea, Guadeloupe, Portugal, (the) Maldives, Tuvalu, Hawaii, the Mediterranean Sea, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, Indo Pacific, the Black Sea, Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand, West-Atlantic Ocean, Yemen, Spain, Cook Islands, Northeast Pacific Ocean, Zirkumsubtropisch, the Cape Verde Archipelago, South Australia, Dominican Republic, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Bermuda, Thailand, Fiji, Panama, Columbia, Trinidad and Tobago, Gulf of Oman / Oman, Philippines, Madagascar, Red Sea, Vanuatu, Samoa, the British Isles, Nauru, West Sahara, Jamaica, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Nigeria, Australia, Cameroon, South America, Djibouti, East-Atlantic Ocean, Belize, Kiribati, Taiwan, Ecuador, Pakistan, Tokelau, Gambia, the Persian Gulf , Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico, Morocco, Uruguay, Myanmar, Vietnam, Iran, Senegal, the Cayman Islands, Nicaragua, Western Australia, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Northern Mariana Islands, Circumtropic, Quatar, South-Pazific, El Salvador, Eastern Indian Ocean, Timor, French Guiana, Papua, Congo, Pitcairn Islands, Malaysia, Haiti, Micronesia, Venezuela, Indonesia, São Tomé e Principé, New Caledonia, West Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Scandinavia, Niue, Central Atlantic, The Bahamas, South Atlantic, Eastern Pacific Ocean, Benin, the Cocos Islands / Keeling Islands, Tasmanien, European Coasts, Palau, Tonga, Ghana, Peru, Kuwait, Guatemala, Raja Amat, Marschall Islands, USA, India, Solomon Islands, Namibia, Wallis and Futuna, Israel, Sierra Leone, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Netherlands Antilles, Western Pacific Ocean, Ascencion, St. Helena & Tristan da Cunha, Cambodia, Straße von Gibralta, East Africa, Barbados, Kenya, Suriname, the Ivory Coast, the Baltic Sea, Amerikaans-Samoa, Amerikaanse Maagdeneilanden, Anguilla, Antigua en Barbuda, Argentinië, Aruba, Bali, Bangladesh, Borneo, Brazilië, Britse Maagdeneilanden, Canada, Chili, China, Curacao, Dominica, Egypte, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Indische Oceaan, Japan, Martinique, Saint Kitts en Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent en de Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, Westelijke Indische Oceaan 
Sea depth:
1 - 2332 Meter 
bis zu 600cm 
2000 kg 
Tuna, Carnivore, Grote vissen, Kleine haaien, Nekton, Roofzuchtig, Sepia, Vissen (kleine vissen) 
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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