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Palaeospheniscus patagonicus Moreno and Mercerat 1891 (penguin)

Reptilia - Sphenisciformes

PaleoDB taxon number: 105847

Alternative combination: Paraptenodytes patagonicus

Synonyms: Palaeospheniscus affinis Ameghino 1905 (no. 105843), Palaeospheniscus intermedius Ameghino 1905 (no. 105844), Palaeospheniscus interruptus Ameghino 1905 (no. 105846), Palaeospheniscus menzbieri Moreno and Mercerat 1891 (no. 105845)

Full reference: F. P. Moreno and A. Mercerat. 1891. Catalogue des Oiseaux Fossiles de la Republique Argentine conserves au Musee de la Plata. Anales del Museo de la Plata 1:1-71

Belongs to Palaeospheniscus according to C. Acosta Hospitaleche and C. Tambussi 2008

Sister taxa: Palaeospheniscus bergi, Palaeospheniscus bilocular, Palaeospheniscus biloculata, Palaeospheniscus gracilis, Palaeospheniscus huxleyorum, Palaeospheniscus wimani

Type specimens:

  • Palaeospheniscus patagonicus: Museo de La Plata, a set of limb elements (humerus, radius, femur, tibia, tarsometatarsus). Its type locality is Cerro del Castillo, Trelew, which is in an Aquitanian/Burdigalian shallow subtidal sandstone in the Gaiman Formation of Argentina.
  • Palaeospheniscus affinis:
  • Palaeospheniscus intermedius:
  • Palaeospheniscus interruptus:
  • Palaeospheniscus menzbieri: Museo de La Plata, a set of limb elements (humerus, ulna radius, metacarpus, tibia, tarsometatarsus). Its type locality is Cerro del Castillo, Trelew, which is in an Aquitanian/Burdigalian shallow subtidal sandstone in the Gaiman Formation of Argentina.

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore