Gryphoca similis Van Beneden 1876 (seal)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Phocidae

Alternative combination: Halichoerus (Gryphoca) similis

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 Gryphoca according to T. A. Deméré et al. 2003

See also Friant 1947, Kellogg 1922, Koretsky 2001, Koretsky and Barnes 2008, Koretsky et al. 2014, Koretsky and Ray 2008, Ray 1976, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, Van Beneden 1876 and Vanden Broeck 1874

Sister taxon: Gryphoca nordica

Type specimen: IRSNB 1081, Ct. M. 217, a limb element (left humerus). Its type locality is Wommelgem, which is in a Pliocene marine sandstone in Belgium.

Ecology: amphibious piscivore-carnivore


• Pliocene of Belgium (2 collections), United States (1: North Carolina)

• Miocene of Belgium (1), the Netherlands (1)

Total: 5 collections each including a single occurrence

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