NMB #10704 - Grand Bay Fm (Carriacou) (Miocene of Grenada)

Where: Grenada (12.5° N, 61.4° W: paleocoordinates 12.2° N, 61.1° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Grand Bay Formation, Middle Miocene (16.0 - 11.6 Ma)

• The principal, nominal sedimentary units of the mid-Tertiary succession of Carriacou are the Belmont Formation (lower Miocene), Kendeace Formation (lower Miocene), Carriacou Formation (middle Miocene) and Grand Bay Formation (middle Miocene). The collection originates from sandy facies of the Grand Bay Fm. Jung (1971) assigns this a Middle Miocene age based on faunal affinities with other circum-Caribbean units.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: transition zone or lower shoreface; poorly lithified tuff

• Most collections of the Grand Bay Fm may have lived in inner shelf depths of 20-50 m, although some may be deeper, or at least have had shallow-water fauna transported offshore. The fauna of the tuffaceous facies appears to have been deposited in slightly shallower water and is here assigned a "transition zone/lw shoreface" environment.
• Tuffaceous facies. From specimens presented in photgraphic plates most material from Carriacou appears to be from poorly-lithified as opposed to cemented, or unconsolidated sediments. No information provided in text

Size class: macrofossils

Reposited in the NMB

• Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel, Switzerland.

Primary reference: P. Jung. 1971. Fossil mollusks from Carriacou, West Indies. Bulletins of American Paleontology 61(269):1-262 [A. Miller/A. Hendy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 58677: authorized by Austin Hendy, entered by Austin Hendy on 20.02.2006, edited by Uta Merkel

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• Exhaustive for Mollusca. Later publications may list non-molluscan taxa from these units. These are not available at this time.
 Ostreida - Ostreidae
Ostrea sp. Linnaeus 1758 oyster
 Carditida - Crassatellidae
Eucrassatella sp. Iredale 1924 clam
 Pholadida - Teredinidae
Kuphus cf. polythalamia Linnaeus 1767 clam
 Neogastropoda - Olividae
Oliva (? Strephonella) delata Jung 1971 olive snail
 Neogastropoda - Conidae
Conus sp. Linnaeus 1758 cone shell
 Neogastropoda - Terebridae
Strioterebrum sp. Sacco 1891 auger snail
 Sorbeoconcha - Turritellidae
Turritella (Bactrospira) altilira Conrad 1857 turret shell
Subspecies: Turritella (Bactospira) altilira altilira
 Pulmonata - Camaenidae
 Scleractinia - Pocilloporidae
Stylophora monticulosa Vaughan and Hoffmeister 1925 stony coral
Stylophora cf. imperatoris Vaughan 1919 stony coral
Pocillopora cf. baracoaensis Vaughan 1919 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Merulinidae
"Montastrea limbata" = Orbicella limbata
"Montastrea limbata" = Orbicella limbata Duncan 1863 stony coral