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

Upper Jurassic shallow-water scleractinian corals from the Pieniny Klippen Belt (Western Carpathians, Slovakia)

Published: Oct 2005

Pages: 415 - 432


Abstract: Oxfordian shallow-water scleractinian coral association from the biohermal limestones of the Mt Vrsatec (Czorsztyn Succession, Slovak sector of the Pieniny Klippen Belt, Western Carpathians) comprises 18 species (among them 2 new) plus 3 taxa determined on the generic level only. They represent 13 genera and 10 (or 11) families. The most common are phaceloid coral growth forms from the genus Thecosmilia Milne Edwards et Haime (family Montlivaltiidae). The studied fauna appears similar, though less diversified taxonomically, as compared to those known from the Upper Jurassic shallow-water facies of many other parts of Europe. In the Pieniny Klippen Belt this type of coral fauna occurs only in Western Slovakia.

Keywords: Oxfordian, Slovakia, Pieniny Klippen Belt, paleogeography, taxonomy, Scleractinia

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