Cueva de Abra Travertine (Pleistocene of Mexico)

Where: Tamaulipas, Mexico (22.4° N, 98.0° W: paleocoordinates 22.4° N, 98.0° W)

When: Late/Upper Pleistocene (0.1 - 0.0 Ma)

Environment/lithology: cave

• from a three inch thick slab of "buff-colored travertine"; additional, undescribed fossils from several other parts of the cave are not included in the report

Preservation: coprolite

Collection methods: quarrying

Primary reference: W. W. Dalquest and E. Roth. 1970. Late Pleistocene mammals from a cave in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 15(2):217-230 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy]more details

PaleoDB collection 71264: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 05.02.1999, edited by Jason Head

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Salientia - Ranidae
Rana pipiens Schreber 1782 Northern leopard frog
 Salientia - Leptodactylidae
 Salientia - Rhinophrynidae
Rhinophrynus dorsalis Duméril and Bibron 1841 Mexican burrowing toad
 Squamata - Teiidae
Cnemidophorus gularis whiptail lizard
 Squamata - Iguanidae
Sceloporus indet. Wiegmann 1828 spiny lizard
Sceloporus (cf. Sceloporus) variabilis Wiegmann 1834 Rosebelly lizard
 Squamata - Colubridae
Colubrinae indet. Oppel 1811 colubrid snake
 Squamata - Xantusiidae
Lepidophyma indet. Duméril 1851 tropical night lizard
 Rodentia - Hesperomyidae
"Baiomys taylori" = Hesperomys taylori
"Baiomys taylori" = Hesperomys taylori Thomas 1887 northern pygmy mouse
 Rodentia - Cricetidae
Oryzomys palustris Harlan 1837 marsh rice rat
Reithrodontomys fulvescens Allen 1894 fulvous harvest mouse
Sigmodon hispidus Say and Ord 1825 hispid cotton rat
Neotoma micropus Baird 1855 southern plains woodrat
"N. micropus littoralis"
Peromyscus pectoralis Osgood 1904 white-ankled mouse
Peromyscus leucopus Rafinesque 1818 white-footed mouse
Onychomys leucogaster Wied-Neuwied 1841 northern grasshopper mouse
 Rodentia - Heteromyidae
Liomys irroratus Gray 1868 Mexican spiny pocket mouse
Perognathus huastecensis Dalquest and Roth 1970 pocket mouse
Chaetodipus hispidus Baird 1858 hispid pocket mouse
"Perognathus hispidus"
 Lagomorpha - Leporidae
Sylvilagus cf. floridanus Allen 1890 eastern cottontail
 Tribosphenida - Soricidae
Notiosorex crawfordi Coues 1877 Crawford's gray shrew
Cryptotis parva Say 1823 North American least shrew
 Chiroptera - Phyllostomidae
Leptonycteris nivalis Saussure 1860 greater long-nosed bat
Artibeus jamaicensis Leach 1821 Jamaican fruit bat
 Chiroptera - Vespertilionidae
Vespertilionidae indet. Gray 1821 vesper bat
"similar to Lasionycteris noctivagans"
Myotis sp. Kaup 1829 vesper bat
 Chiroptera - Emballonuridae
Balantiopteryx io Thomas 1904 Thomas's sac-winged bat
 Chiroptera - Molossidae
Tadarida aurispinosa Peale 1848 Peale's free-tailed bat
Tadarida laticaudata Geoffroy 1805 free-tailed bat
Tadarida brasiliensis Geoffroy 1824 Mexican free-tailed bat
Eumops perotis Schinz 1821 western mastiff bat
 Didelphimorphia - Didelphidae
Marmosa mexicana Merriam 1897 Mexican mouse opposum
Didelphis marsupialis Linnaeus 1758 common opossum