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

URGONIAN (EARLY CRETACEOUS) ECHINOIDS OF THE MIRDITA ZONE (SOUTHEAST ALBANIA)

Pages: 327 - 332

Authors: LUFTULA H. PEZA, JIRI ZITT

Abstract: Remains of regular echinoids are described for the first time from Urgonian (Barremian-Aptian) strata of the central and southern Mirdita Zone (Albania). Based on spines, five species are distinguished, "Cidaris" strombecki Desor, ?Hirudocidaris gr. uniformis (Sorignet), "Cidaris" sp. 1, sp. 2 and sp. 3. Extremely rare coronal plates here described as "Cidaris" sp. are associated. The taphonomic features of these echinoid remains, the character of the associated fauna and the lithology correspond well to the shallow-water nature of the settings studied.

Keywords: Albania, Lower Cretaceous, Mirdita Zone, regular echinoids, taphonomy

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