Speothos

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Speothos
Temporal range: Pleistocene to Recent
Bush dog.JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Subfamily: Caninae
Tribe: Canini
Genus: Speothos
Lund, 1839
Type species
Speothos pacivorus
Species
Synonyms
  • Icticyon Lund, 1843
  • Abathmodon Lund, 1843

Speothos is a genus of canid found in Central and South America. The genus includes the living bush dog, Speothos venaticus, and an extinct Pleistocene species, Speothos pacivorus. Unusually, the fossil species was identified and named before the extant species was discovered, with the result that the type species of Speothos is S. pacivorus.

References[edit]

  • Berta A., 1984. The Pleistocene Bush Dog Speothos pacivorus (Canidae) from the Lagoa Santa Caves, Brazil Journal of Mammalogy 65(4):549-559.