Gateway to the Paleobiology Database
Tapirus merriami Frick 1921 (tapir)

Mammalia - Perissodactyla - Tapiridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 52066

Full reference: C. Frick. 1921. Extinct vertebrate faunas of the badlands of Bautista Creek and San Timoteo Canyon, southern California. University of California Publications in Geology 12(5):277-424

Belongs to Tapirus according to L. D. Agenbroad and W. R. Downs 1984

Sister taxa: Tapirus (Helicotapirus), Tapirus (Megatapirus), Tapirus (Tapiralum), Tapirus antiquus, Tapirus arvernensis, Tapirus bairdii, Tapirus balkanicus, Tapirus indicus, Tapirus johnsoni, Tapirus mesopotamicus, Tapirus olivaresi, Tapirus pinchaque, Tapirus polkensis, Tapirus priscus, Tapirus rondoniensis, Tapirus sanyuanensis, Tapirus simpsoni, Tapirus sinensis, Tapirus terrestris, Tapirus webbi

Type specimen: Its type locality is Bautista Creek, which is in an Irvingtonian terrestrial horizon in the San Timoteo Formation of California

Ecology: scansorial insectivore

Average measurements (in mm): p2 26.7 x 17.9, p3 26.7 x 21.4, p4 26.8 x 22.8, m1 24.9 x 22.1, m2 30.8 x 23.6, m3 33.9 x 25.1