Piscophoca

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Piscophoca
Temporal range: Late Miocene
~11–6 Ma
Piscophoca pacifica.JPG
Piscophoca pacifica skull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Phocidae
Genus: Piscophoca
Muizon, 1981
Species: P. pacifica
Binomial name
Piscophoca pacifica
Muizon, 1981

Piscophoca is an extinct genus of pinniped. The genus was named after the fossiliferous Pisco Formation in Peru, where the holotype was found. Other fossils of the genus were found in the Bahía Inglesa Formation of the Caldera Basin in Chile.[1]


Piscophoca sp. skull

References[edit]

  1. ^ Valenzuela-Toro, A. M.; Gutstein, C. S.; Varas-Malca, R. M.; Suarez, M. E.; Pyenson, N. D. (2013). "Pinniped turnover in the South Pacific Ocean: New evidence from the Plio-Pleistocene of the Atacama Desert, Chile". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 33: 216. doi:10.1080/02724634.2012.710282.