Leptophoca proxima Van Beneden 1876 (seal)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Phocidae

Alternative combination: Prophoca proxima

Synonyms: Leptophoca lenis True 1906, Monatherium (Leptophoca) lenis True 1906

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 Leptophoca according to L. Dewaele et al. 2017

See also Berta et al. 2018, Deméré et al. 2003, Friant 1947, Hay 1930, Kellogg 1922, Kienle and Berta 2019, Koretsky 2001, Koretsky and Barnes 2008, Koretsky et al. 2012, Ray 1976, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, True 1906, Van Beneden 1876 and Vanden Broeck 1874

Sister taxa: none

Type specimens:

  • Leptophoca proxima: IRSN 1146 Ct. M 279, a limb element (humerus). Its type locality is Vieux-Dieu, which is in a Langhian/Serravallian open shallow subtidal sandstone in the Berchem Formation of Belgium.
  • Leptophoca lenis: USNM 5359, a limb element (humerus). Its type locality is Chesapeake Bay (Lower Calvert), which is in a Langhian marginal marine horizon in the Calvert Formation of Maryland.

Ecology: amphibious piscivore-carnivore

Distribution:

• Miocene of Belgium (5 collections), the Netherlands (1), United States (3: Maryland, Virginia)

Total: 9 collections each including a single occurrence

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