Brachyprotoma obtusata Cope 1899 (short-faced skunk)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Mustelidae

Alternative combination: Mephitis obtusata

Synonyms: Brachyprotoma brevimala Heaton 1985, Brachyprotoma pristina Brown 1908, Brachyprotoma putorius Hay 1923, Brachyprotoma spelaea Brown 1908

Belongs to Brachyprotoma according to T. H. Heaton 1985

See also Anderson 1996, Hall 1936, Hay 1902, Kurten and Anderson 1980 and Mead and Mead 1989

Sister taxa: none

Type specimens:

  • Brachyprotoma obtusata: Its type locality is Port Kennedy Cave, which is in an Irvingtonian cave horizon in Pennsylvania
  • Brachyprotoma brevimala: BYUVP 7490, a partial skull (anterior portion of skull including a complete palate and the anterior portion of the braincase). Its type locality is Crystal Ball Cave, which is in a Pleistocene/Holocene cave siltstone in Utah.
  • Brachyprotoma pristina:
  • Brachyprotoma putorius:
  • Brachyprotoma spelaea:

Ecology: scansorial carnivore-omnivore


• Quaternary of Canada (1: Yukon collection), United States (6: Arkansas, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia)

Total: 7 collections each including a single occurrence

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