International Geological Journal - Official Journal of the Carpathian-Balkan Geological Association

RHAETIAN SCLERACTINIAN CORALS IN THE WESTERN CARPATHIANS

Pages: 391 - 399

Authors: EWA RONIEWICZ, JOZEF MICHALIK

Abstract: The paper presents the distribution and taxonomy of the Rhaetian coral fauna in the Tatric, Fatric, Hronic and Silicic paleogeographical zones of the Western Carpathians. The taxonomic spectrum of the corals from the Fatric zone is the most typical of the Carpathians, and resembles that of the Alps in the abundance of reimaniphylliid corals and frequent phaceloid growth forms, but it differs from the Alpine spectrum in its lower generic diversity. The assemblage from the northernmost zone, formed by the Tatric Superunit, is closest to the Early Jurassic fauna from the British Isles. Two new species are described: Zardinophyllum carpathicum sp.n. and Stylophyllopsis bobrovensis sp.n.

Keywords: Western carpathians, Rhaetian, coral build-ups, Scleractinia

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