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Salishicetus meadi

Mammalia - Cetacea - Aetiocetidae

Taxonomy
Salishicetus meadi was named by Peredo and Pyenson (2018). Its type specimen is UWBM 50004, a partial skull (Skull with periotic and auditory bulla and mandibles and teeth ), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Helsing Junction, which is in a Chattian marine siliciclastic in Washington. It is the type species of Salishicetus.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
2018Salishicetus meadi Peredo and Pyenson p. 4 figs. FIgs. 1-9

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
RankNameAuthor
Synapsida()
Therapsida()
infraorderCynodontia()
Epicynodontia
infraorderEucynodontia
Probainognathia
Mammaliamorpha
Mammaliaformes
classMammalia
orderCetacea
Pelagiceti
Neoceti
suborderMysticeti
familyAetiocetidae
genusSalishicetus
speciesmeadi

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
ReferenceDiagnosis
C. M. Peredo and N. D. Pyenson 2018Salishicetus is an aetiocetid identified as a unique taxon in this analysis by the following combination of autapomorphies: transverse sulci and ridges along the dorsal margin of the fenestra rotunda of the periotic; an apex of the mandibular terminus positioned halfway between the dorsal and ventral margins; and a spear-shaped mandibular terminus in lateral view. A full differential diagnosis of the genus is listed in the Discussion, following a taxonomic revision to problematic genera in Aetiocetidae.
Measurements
No measurements are available
Composition: hydroxyapatitesubo
Form: roller-shapedo
Ontogeny: modification of partso
Environment: marinesubo
Locomotion: actively mobileo
Life habit: aquaticsubo
Depth habitat: surfaceo
Diet: carnivoresubo
Diet 2: suspension feedersubo
Reproduction: viviparouso
Created: 2005-03-06 14:20:41
Modified: 2005-03-06 16:34:40
Source: subo = suborder, o = order
Reference: Uhen 2004

Age range: Chattian or 28.10000 to 23.03000 Ma

Collections: one only


Time interval Ma Country or state Original ID and collection number
Chattian28.1 - 23.03USA (Washington) Salishicetus meadi (type locality: 185376)