Notiomastodon platensis (Ameghino, 1888)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Stegomastodon platensis Ameghino, 1888; Niomastodon platensis (Ameghino, 1888)


Conservation Status


Last record: Early Holocene (Mothé et al., 2017)



"South America (from lowlands to highlands and from east to west coasts)" (Mothé et al. 2017)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Ameghino F., 1888, Rápidas diagnosis de algunos mamíferos fósiles nuevos de la República Argentina: Buenos Aires, Editorial Coni, 17 pp.


Other references:

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