Cascina Arondelli, Triversa valley, southern Piedmont (Pliocene of Italy)

Also known as Arondelli

Where: Piedmont, Italy (44.9° N, 8.0° E: paleocoordinates 44.8° N, 8.0° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: MN 16 (3.2 - 2.6 Ma)

• Villanyian, Late Pliocene. Unit C lies some 3m above unit B (the macromammal level).

Environment/lithology: lagoonal

• Some disagreement over the environment, either the filling of a river channel or a littoral lagoon (Azzaroli (1977) prefers a lagoon).
• 'a brownish bed'

Size class: mesofossils

Collection methods: rather rich in small mammals amphibians and fishes, only mammals are given in Kotsakis 1986.

Primary reference: T. Kotsakis. 1986. Elementi di paleobiogeographia dei mammiferi Terziari dell Italia. Hystrix 1:25-68 [A. Turner/H. O'Regan/H. O'Regan]more details

Purpose of describing collection: biostratigraphic analysis

PaleoDB collection 49360: authorized by Alan Turner, entered by Hannah O'Regan on 14.04.2005

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Osteichthyes
 Salientia - Pelobatidae
Pelobates sp.1 Wagler 1830 spadefoot toad
 Salientia - Ranidae
 Salientia - Hylidae
Hyla cf. arborea1 Linnaeus 1758 tree frog
 Salientia - Bufonidae
Bufo cf. viridis1 Laurenti 1768 European green toad
Bufo cf. bufo1 Linnaeus 1758 toad
 Salientia - Discoglossidae
 Caudata - Urodela
Triturus sp.1 Rafinesque 1815 newt
Salamandra sp.1 Laurenti 1768 salamander
Mammalia
 Rodentia - Muridae
Apodemus alsomyoides Eurasian field mouse
= ? Apodemus dominans
 Rodentia - Cricetidae
 Rodentia - Sciuridae
Sciuridae "sp. 1"2 Gray 1821 squirrel
Sciuridae (Sciuroptera) sp. 1
Sciuridae "sp. 2"2 Gray 1821 squirrel
 Rodentia - Gliridae
"Glirulus pusillus" = Amphidyromys pusillus Heller 1936 Japanese dormouse
Muscardinus cf. pliocaenicus2 Kowalski 1963 dormouse
 Rodentia - Castoridae
Castor sp. Linnaeus 1758 beaver
 Rodentia - Hystricidae
? Hystrix sp.2 Linnaeus 1758 porcupine
 Lagomorpha - Leporidae
 Lagomorpha - Ochotonidae
 Lipotyphla - Talpidae
Talpa minor Freudenberg 1914 mole
T. minor vel T. fossilis
 Tribosphenida - Soricidae
Sorex sp. n. sp.2 Linnaeus 1758 long-tailed shrew
Deinsdorfia hibbardi2 red-toothed shrew
Petenyia hungarica Kormos 1934 red-toothed shrew
Blarinoides mariae Sulimski 1959 red-toothed shrew
Beremendia fissidens Petényi 1864 shrew
 Chiroptera -
Chiroptera indet. Blumenbach 1779 bat
 Carnivora - Ailuridae
 Carnivora - Mustelidae
Mustelidae indet. Fischer 1817 mustelid carnivore
cf. Baranogale helbingi Kormos 1934 mustelid carnivore
Enhydrictis sp. Forsyth Major 1902 mustelid carnivore
 Carnivora - Viverridae
cf. Viverridae indet. Gray 1821 civet
 Ungulata - Cervidae
Cervidae indet. Gray 1821 deer