Scontromeryx

Van Der Geer, Alexandra A. E., 2014, Systematic revision of the family Hoplitomerycidae Leinders, 1984 (Artiodactyla: Cervoidea), with the description of a new genus and four new species, Zootaxa 3847 (1), pp. 1-32: 21

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http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3847.1.1

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scientific name

Scontromeryx
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Scontromeryx  sp. indet.

Hoplitomeryx  sp. Leinders, 1984 — Mazza & Rustioni 2011: p. 1326.

Material. Horn cores SCT 10, SCT 28, SCT 4, SCT 213, SCT 11 and an uncatalogued specimen.

Preservation and deposition. Soprintendenza Archeologica dell’Abruzzo (Chieti, central Italy).

Locality and horizon. Tortonian Scontrone Member of the Lithothamnium Limestone ( Patacca et al. 2008; 41 ° 45 ' 15.54 ''N, 14 °02' 13.14 ''E), outskirts of Scontrone, southern border of the National Park of Abruzzi, L’Aquila, central Italy.

Description. SCT 10 and SCT 28 are described ( Mazza & Rustioni 2011) as type I nasal horn cores, SCT 4 and SCT 213 as type II nasal horn cores and SCT 11 and a not-catalogued specimen as type V orbital horn cores. Only SCT 213 and SCT 28 are figured ( Fig. 6 View Figure , I–K). The nasal horn cores lack the typical continuation of the septum nasi in the basal part of the horn as can be seen in their fig. 6 and can therefore not reliably diagnosed as being nasal horn cores. The isolated orbital horn cores (type V: SCT 11 and an uncatalogued specimen) do not fit Leinders’ (1984) description either. One of them has been depicted in Rustioni et al. (1992) and is too large to fit Leinders’ (1984) horn core type V and differs morphologically from the other horn core types. The isolated orbital horn cores also differ from those in skull SCT 17 ( S. mazzai  ). The isolated horn cores cannot be associated to any of the described species and could be distal parts of either horn cores, antlers or proto-antlers.