Squalodon melitensis Blainville 1840 (toothed whale)

Mammalia - Cetacea - Squalodontidae

Alternative combination: Phoca melitensis

Synonyms: Phocodon scillae Agassiz 1841, Squalodon scillae Agassiz 1841

Belongs to Squalodon according to K. Rothausen 1968

See also Agassiz 1841, Bianucci et al. 2011, Brandt 1873, Brandt 1874, Dal Piaz 1916, Kellogg 1922, Kellogg 1923, McCoy 1867, Trouessart 1898 and Trouessart 1904

Sister taxa: Phoca pedronii, Priscodelphinus validus, Squalodon antverpiensis, Squalodon atlanticus, Squalodon barbarus, Squalodon bariensis, Squalodon bellunensis, Squalodon bordae, Squalodon calvertensis, Squalodon catulli, Squalodon dalpiazi, Squalodon grateloupii, Squalodon hypsispondylus, Squalodon imperator, Squalodon linzianus, Squalodon meyeri, Squalodon mirabilis, Squalodon molassicus, Squalodon peregrinus, Squalodon protervus, Squalodon quaternarium, Squalodon rugidens, Squalodon servatus, Squalodon tiedemani, Squalodon vocontiorum, Squalodon whitmorei, Rhytisodon tuberculatus, Trirhizodon suessii, Trirhizodon gervaisii

Type specimens:

  • Squalodon melitensis: Its type locality is MaltaGeneral, which is in a Chattian/Langhian marine phosphorite in the Globigerina Limestone Formation of Malta
  • Squalodon scillae: Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge, a mandible (mandible fragment with three teeth). Its type locality is Wied l-Isquof, which is in a Burdigalian/Langhian marine phosphorite in the Upper Main Phosphorite Conglomerate Formation of Malta.

Ecology: aquatic carnivore

Distribution: found only at MaltaGeneral

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