Tapirus merriami Frick, 1921

Merriam's tapir



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Frick, C. 1921. Extinct vertebrate faunas of the badlands of Bautista Creek and San Timoteo Canon, southern California. University of California Publications in Geology 12(5):277-424, plates 43-50.


Other references:

Agenbroad, L. D., and W. R. Downs. 1984. A robust tapir from northern Arizona. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 19(2):91-99.

Albright, L. B., III. 2000. Biostratigraphy and vertebrate paleontology of the San Timoteo Badlands, southern California. University of California Publications in Geological Sciences 144:i-viii, 1-121, pls. 1-8.

Colbert, E. H. 1950. The fossil vertebrates. Pp. 126-148 in The stratigraphy and archaeology of Ventana Cave. University of Arizona Press and University of New Mexico Press, Tucson and Albuquerque.

Conkling, R. P. 1932. Conkling Cavern: The discoveries in the bone cave at Bishops Cap, New Mexico. West Texas Historical and Scientific Society Bulletin 44:39-41.

Harris, A. H. 1993. Quaternary vertebrates of New Mexico. Pp. 179-197, in Vertebrate Paleontology in New Mexico, New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Bulletin 2:i-vii, 1-338.

Jefferson, G. T. (1989). Late Cenozoic tapirs (Mammalia: Perissodactyla) of western North America: Contributions in Science, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 406: 1-22.


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