PaleoDB taxon number: 72010
Full reference: L. G. Barnes and R. E. Raschke. 1991. Gomphotaria pugnax, a new genus and species of late Miocene dusignathine otariid pinniped (Mammalia: Carnivora) from California. Contributions in Science 426:1-16
Sister taxa: none
Type specimen: LACM 121508, a skeleton. Its type locality is San Clemente, which is in a Messinian offshore siltstone in the Capistrano Formation of California.
Ecology: scansorial insectivore