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

A late Burdigalian bathyal mollusc fauna from the Vienna Basin (Slovakia)

Pages: 211 - 231

Authors: MATHIAS HARZHAUSER, OLEG MANDIC, JAN SCHLOGL

Abstract: This is the first record of a bathyal mollusc fauna from the late Early Miocene of the Central Paratethys. The assemblage shows clear affinities to coeval faunas of the Turin Hills in the Mediterranean area and the Aquitaine Basin in France. The overall biostratigraphic value of the assemblage is hard to estimate due to the general very poor knowledge of Miocene bathyal faunas. Several species, however, are known from deep water deposits of the Middle Miocene Badenian stage as well. This implies Early Miocene roots of parts of the Middle Miocene deep water fauna and suggests a low turnover for bathyal mollusc communities at the Early-Middle Miocene boundary. The nassariid gastropod Nassarius janschloegli Harzhauser nov. sp. and the naticid gastropod Polinices cerovaensis Harzhauser nov. sp. are introduced as new species.

Keywords: Early Miocene, Central Paratethys, Vienna Basin, bathyal, molluscs

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