Sardolutra

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Sardolutra
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Lutrinae
Genus: Sardolutra
Species
  • Sardolutra ichnusae
Skull of the Sardolutra ichnusae holotype

Sardolutra ichnusae is an extinct species of otter from the late Pleistocene of Sardinia. It was originally described as Nesolutra ichnusae.[1] It was a rather small species of otter, probably living in the sea. Among its characteristics is a relatively very large baculum, larger than in any living otter. The species probably evolved from a species of Lutra, maybe L. castiglionis.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A. Malatesta (1977). "The skeleton of Nesolutra ichnusae sp n a Quaternary otter discovered in Sardinia.". Geologica Romana. 16: 173–209. 
  2. ^ G.F. Willemsen (1992). "A revision of the Pliocene and Quaternary Lutrinae from Europe.". Scripta Geologica. 101: 1–115. 
  • Malatesta, A., The skeleton of Nesolutra ichnusae sp n a Quaternary otter discovered in Sardinia. Geologica Romana 16 pp. 173–209 (1977).
  • Willemsen, G.F.: A revision of the Pliocene and Quaternary Lutrinae from Europe. Scripta Geologica vol 101 (1992).