- THE MAMMAL SOCIETY OF JAPAN
- 哺乳動物学雑誌: The Journal of the Mammalogical Society of Japan (ISSN:05460670)
- vol.5, no.1, pp.27-32, 1970
The type specimen of <I>Canis hodophilax</I> TEMMINCK, 1839, is a mounted skin'a'and a skull'c'of old male collected from Japan by BÜRGER in the collection of Rijksmuseum van Natuurli jke Historic, Leiden. The skull can be distinguished rather easily from those of related forms by a combination of following characters : remarkably short condylobasal length, well developed auditory meatus external to postglenoidal foramen, emarginated anterior border of pterygoid fossa and well balanced skull jointed with mandible when put them on a horizontal surface. Based on these key characters, specimens from Japan which have been known as"<I>hodophilax</I>"were reexamined and identified as follows : a skull ('b', ad.) in Rijksmuseum, a skin and a skull from Nara (18.104.22.168, _??_ subad.) in British Museum, Nat. Hist., and a mounted skin and a skeleton from Fukushima (M 100, _??_ subad.), a skull from Fukui (M 1185, ad.) and a semifossil skull from Kumamoto (P 9792, old) in National Science Museum, Tokyo, are undoubtedly of <I>hodophilax</I>, but a skeleton ('a', _??_ ad.) in Rijksmuseum may not be of this species but of a Japanese domestic dog.