Phlaocyon latidens

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Phlaocyon latidens
Temporal range: Oligocene–Miocene
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Subfamily: Borophaginae
Tribe: Phlaocyonini
Genus: Phlaocyon
P. latidens
Binomial name
Phlaocyon latidens
Cope 1881, p. 181

Phlaocyon latidens is an extinct species of the genus Phlaocyon, belonging to the subfamily Borophaginae and tribe Phlaocyonini, a canid which inhabited northwestern North America from the Late Oligocene to Miocene living 33.3–20.6 mya and existed for approximately 12.7 million years.


Phlaocyon latidens was originally named Galecynus latidens by Cope 1881. It was recombined as Cynodictis latidens by Scott 1898; it was recombined as Nothocyon latidens by Matthew 1899, Merriam (1906), Matthew 1907, Peterson 1907, Thorpe (1922), Hall and Martin (1930), Macdonald (1963) and Macdonald (1970); it was recombined as Cormocyon latidens by Wang and Fremd (1994); it was recombined as Phlaocyon latidens by Wang, Tedford & Taylor 1999.


Body mass[edit]

Legendre & Roth 1988 estimated the body mass of two specimens to be 1.52–1.58 kilograms (3.4–3.5 lb).

Fossil distribution[edit]



  1. ^ "John Day Unit A (Oligocene of the United States)". Fossilworks. Retrieved September 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)