Longirostromeryx wellsi Matthew 1904 (musk deer)

Mammalia - Ungulata - Moschidae

Alternative combination: Blastomeryx wellsi

Synonyms: Longirostromeryx blicki Frick 1937, Longirostromeryx merriami Frick 1937, Longirostromeryx serpentis Frick 1937

Full reference: W. D. Matthew. 1904. A complete skeleton of Merycodus. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 20(7):101-129

Belongs to Longirostromeryx according to D. R. Prothero 2008

See also Frick 1937, Green 1956, Matthew 1904, Matthew 1908, Patton 1969, Prothero 2007, Skinner et al. 1977, Voorhies 1990 and Webb 1998

Sister taxa: Longirostromeryx clarendonensis, Longirostromeryx novomexicanus

Type specimens:

  • Longirostromeryx wellsi: AMNH 9823, a mandible (fragmentary ramus). Its type locality is Rosebud Agency Quarry, which is in a Clarendonian/Hemphillian terrestrial horizon in the Ash Hollow Formation of South Dakota.
  • Longirostromeryx blicki:
  • Longirostromeryx merriami: Its type locality is Bear Creek Quarry, which is in a Clarendonian terrestrial horizon in the Ash Hollow Formation of Nebraska.
  • Longirostromeryx serpentis: Its type locality is Kilpatrick Quarry, which is in a Clarendonian terrestrial horizon in the Snake Creek Formation of Nebraska.

Ecology: ground dwelling browser-grazer

Distribution:

• Miocene of United States (22: Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas collections)

Total: 22 collections each including a single occurrence

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