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Canis lepophagus Johnston 1938 (canine)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Canidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 44856

Full reference: C. S. Johnston. 1938. Preliminary report on the vertebrate type locality of Cita Canyon, and the description of an ancestral coyote. American Journal of Science 35(209):383-390

Belongs to Canis according to R. H. Tedford et al. 2009

Sister taxa: Canis (Epicyon), Canis (Pseudalopex), Canis adustus, Canis antarcticus, Canis anthus, Canis apolloniensis, Canis armbrusteri, Canis arnensis, Canis aureus, Canis cedazoensis, Canis cyonoides, Canis dingo, Canis dirus, Canis edwardii, Canis etruscus, Canis familiaris, Canis feneus, Canis ferox, Canis geismarianus, Canis indianensis, Canis latidentatus, Canis latrans, Canis lupus, Canis lydekkeri, Canis mesomelas, Canis montanus, Canis morenis, Canis mosbachensis, Canis niger, Canis occidentalis, Canis osorum, Canis palaeoplatensis, Canis primigenius, Canis proplatensis, Canis rufus, Canis thooides

Type specimen: West Texas University Museum 881, a skull (skull, lacking mandible). Its type locality is Cita Canyon, which is in a Blancan channel sandstone in Texas.

Ecology: scansorial insectivore

Average measurements (in mm): m1 20.4 x 8.4