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Temporal range: Middle Miocene to present
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Clade: Pinnipedia
Superfamily: Otarioidea
Family: Odobenidae
Allen, 1880

Odobenus (walrus)
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Odobenidae is a family of pinnipeds. The only living species is the walrus. In the past, however, the group was much more diverse, and includes more than ten fossil genera.[1]


All genera, except Odobenus, are extinct.[2]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, ed. William F. Perrin, Bernd Würsig, J.G.M. Thewissenz
  2. ^ Marine Mammals, Evolutionary Biology, 2nd ed.
  3. ^ Magallanes I, Parham JF, Santos G, Velez-Juarbe J. (2018) A new tuskless walrus from the Miocene of Orange County, California, with comments on the diversity and taxonomy of odobenids. PeerJ 6:e5708 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5708

External links[edit]

  • Jay. S Rosenblatt. Advances in the Study of Behavior. 11. Academy Press. p. 122. ISBN 0-12-004511-7.