Callophoca obscura Van Beneden 1876 (seal)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Phocidae

Alternative combination: Phoca (Callophoca) obscura

Synonyms: Callophoca ambigua Van Beneden 1876, Mesotaria ambigua Van Beneden 1876

Full reference: P. J. Van Beneden. 1876. Les phoques fossiles du bassin d'Anvers. Bulletins de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique 41:783-803

Belongs to Callophoca according to L. Dewaele et al. 2018

See also Albright et al. 2019, Berta et al. 2018, Berta et al. 2015, Boessenecker and Churchill 2016, Deméré et al. 2003, Friant 1947, Kellogg 1922, Koretsky 2001, Koretsky and Barnes 2008, Koretsky and Ray 2008, Rahmat et al. 2017, Ray 1976, Ray 1977, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, True 1909, Van Beneden 1876 and Vanden Broeck 1874

Sister taxa: none

Type specimens:

  • Callophoca obscura: IRSNB 1198, Ct. M. 203, a limb element (right humerus). Its type locality is Sable Superieur d'Anvers, which is in a Zanclean offshore shelf sandstone in the Kattendijk Formation of Belgium.
  • Mesotaria ambigua: IRSNB 1156, Ct. M. 177, a limb element (left humerus). Its type locality is Wommelgem, which is in a Pliocene marine sandstone in Belgium.

Ecology: amphibious piscivore-carnivore

Distribution:

• Pliocene of Belgium (1 collection), United States (6: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina)

• Hemphillian of United States (3: Florida)

• Miocene of United States (3: Massachusetts, Virginia)

Total: 13 collections each including a single occurrence

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