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Pliophoca
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A cast of a Pliophoca etrusca skeleton
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Phocidae
Genus: Pliophoca
Tavani, 1941
Species: P. etrusca
Binomial name
Pliophoca etrusca
Tavani, 1941

Pliophoca is an extinct genus of earless seal that lived during the Miocene to the Quaternary (age range: from 5.332 to 0.0 million years ago). Fossils are found in the marine strata of Italy, Morocco, Spain. Egypt and United States.

This fossil species of seal, ancestor of the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) was found only in the late Pliocene (Piacenzian) areas of Orciano and Volterra in Tuscany. It was a species endemic to the Mediterranean Sea.

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