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Pacifichelys hutchisoni Lynch and Parham 2003 (sea turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Pancheloniidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 165653

Alternative combination: Euclastes hutchisoni

Full reference: S. C. Lynch and J. F. Parham. 2003. The first report of hard-shelled sea turtles (Cheloniidae sensu lato) from the Miocene of California, including a new species (Euclastes hutchisoni) with unusually plesiomorphic characters. PaleoBios 23(3):21-35

Belongs to Pacifichelys according to J. F. Parham and N. D. Pyenson 2010

Sister taxon: Pacifichelys urbinai

Type specimen: LACM 103351, a skull (nearly complete skull and mandible). Its type locality is Sharktooth Hill Bonebed, which is in a Langhian terrestrial siltstone in the Temblor Formation of California.

Ecology: durophage