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False killer whale
Size comparison against an average human
Scientific classification

Reinhardt, 1862
Binomial name
Pseudorca crassidens
(Owen, 1846)
False killer whale range

False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) are cetaceans and larger members of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). The species is the only member of the Pseudorca genus.

They live in temperate and tropical waters throughout the world. As its name implies, the false killer whale shares characteristics with the more widely known Orca ("killer whale"). The two species look somewhat similar and, like the orca, the false killer whale attacks and kills other cetaceans. However, the two dolphin species are not closely related.

The false killer whale has not been extensively studied in the wild by scientists; much of the data about the dolphin has been got by examining stranded animals.