Meles Brisson 1762 (badger)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Mustelidae

Synonyms: Melesium Rafinesque 1815 [objective synonym], Taxus Geoffroy and Cuvier 1795 [objective synonym]

Full reference: M. J. Brisson. 1762. Regnum Animale in classes IX distributum, sive synopsis methodica, Ed. 2

Parent taxon: Melinae according to J. Marmi et al. 2004

See also Allen 1919, Arribas and Garrido 2007, Baryshnikov 2009, Carroll 1988, Gray 1825, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature 1998 and Kurten 1968

Sister taxa: Arctomeles, Arctonyx, Lutrini, Melodon, Mephitini, Promeles

Subtaxa: Meles iberica Meles meles Meles taxus Meles thorali

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Ecology: semifossorial carnivore-omnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Austria (1 collection), Belgium (1), China (5), the Czech Republic (1), France (7), Georgia (2), Germany (7), Greece (5), Hungary (4), Italy (8), Monaco (1), the Netherlands (1), Poland (1), Romania (1), the Russian Federation (1), Spain (3), Tajikistan (1), Turkey (1), the United Kingdom (1)

• Pliocene to Pleistocene of Bulgaria (1), Greece (1)

• Pliocene of China (1), Hungary (1), Romania (1)

Total: 57 collections each including a single occurrence

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