Re #1154 - Cantaure Formation: Burdigalian, Venezuela

List of taxa
Where & when
Taphonomy & methods
Metadata & references
Taxonomic list
Chione (Lirophora) quirosensis Hodson 1927
Bivalvia - Arcida - Arcidae
Anadara (Cunearca) inutilis Jung 1965
Anadara (Scapharca) aff. cornellana (Hodson et al. 1927)
recombined as Anadara (Rasia) cornellana
Anadara (Scapharca) tirantensis (Hodson et al. 1927)
recombined as Anadara (Rasia) tirantensis
Bivalvia - Cardiida - Veneridae
Pitar (Pitarella) paraguanensis (Hodson 1927)
Clementia (Clementia) dariena (Conrad 1855)
Cyclinella venezuelana Hodson 1927
synonym of Cyclinella cyclica
Bivalvia - Cardiida - Tellinidae
Psammacoma falconensis (Hodson and Hodson 1931)
synonym of Psammacoma gatunensis
Gastropoda - Neogastropoda - Olividae
Oliva (Oliva) cylindrica (Sowerby 1850)
original and current combination Oliva cylindrica
Gastropoda - Neogastropoda - Buccinidae
Cymatophos cocoditoensis
Cymatophos paraguanensis (Hodson and Hodson 1931)
Gastropoda - Neogastropoda - Melongenidae
Melongena melongena (Linnaeus 1758)
Subspecies: M. melongena consors
Gastropoda - Neogastropoda - Fasciolariidae
Latirus cf. tumbeziensis
Gastropoda - Neogastropoda - Marginellidae
Prunum (Prunum) quirosense (Hodson 1927)
Gastropoda - Neogastropoda - Drilliidae
Clathrodrillia puertocolombiana (Weisbord 1929)
Gastropoda - Neogastropoda - Turridae
Polystira barretti (Guppy 1866)
Gastropoda - Neogastropoda - Conidae
Conus aff. molis Brown and Pilsbry 1911
Gastropoda - Neogastropoda - Terebridae
Terebra (Paraterebra) inaequalis (Sowerby 1849)
Gastropoda - Naticidae
Neverita paraguanensis (Hodson 1927)
Gastropoda - Eocypraeidae
Marginocypraea wegeneri (Schilder 1939)
original and current combination Sphaerocypraea wegeneri
Gastropoda - Tonnidae
Malea cf. camura Guppy 1866
Gastropoda - Sorbeoconcha - Turritellidae
Turritella machapoorensis Maury 1925
Subspecies: T. machapoorensis paraguanensis
Turritella cocoditana (Hodson 1926)
Gastropoda - Pyramidellidae
Turbonilla falconensis
Gastropoda - Architectonicidae
Architectonica (Architectonica) nobilis (Röding 1798)
original and current combination Architectonica nobilis
Subspecies: A. (A.) nobilis nobilis
see common names

Country:Venezuela State/province:Falcon
Coordinates: 11.9° North, 69.8° West (view map)
Paleocoordinates:11.2° North, 66.6° West
Basis of coordinate:based on nearby landmark
Geographic resolution:local area
Period:Neogene Epoch:Miocene
Stage:Burdigalian 10 m.y. bin:Cenozoic 5
Key time interval:Burdigalian
Age range of interval:20.44000 - 15.97000 m.y. ago
Regional section:Paraguana
Stratigraphic resolution:group of beds
Stratigraphy comments: Clays, sandstone, and limestones of up to 75, thick, although no single section is completely exposed. Collection apparently derived from near middle part of that thickness. Overlies unconformably Cretaceous rocks and is conformably overlain by limestones on middle to upper Miocene. Jung (1965) regarded the collection as early Middle Miocene, though more recent authors, including Vermeij (2001) indicate an Early Miocene (Burdigalian) age. Formation formerly referred to as "Cerro Pelado".
Lithology and environment
Primary lithology:micaceous,shelly/skeletal unlithified silty claystone
Includes fossils?Y
Lithology description: Clay, massive, micaceous, slightly silty, and locally containing abundant fossils.
Environment:coastal indet.
Geology comments: Tropical shallow-water assemblage, neritic, no deep-water genera present, normal salinity, perhaps nearby brackish source.
Modes of preservation:body
Size of fossils:macrofossils
Collection methods and comments
Collection excludes:all microfossils,some macrofossils,ichnofossils
Collection methods:selective quarrying,field collection
Reason for describing collection:taxonomic analysis
Museum repositories:BMNH,NMB,PRI,USNM
Collection method comments: All material is reposited in the Natural History Museum (NMB), Basel, Switzerland, with some voucher specimens in the British Museum, PRI, and USNM.
Taxonomic list comments:Exhaustive for Bivalvia and Gastropoda. Balanus, corals, numerous otoliths, and Calianassa fragments are commonly found, though not listed.
Database number:60707
Authorizer:A. Hendy Enterer:A. Hendy
Research group:marine invertebrate
Created:2006-05-20 23:42:18 Last modified:2013-11-25 13:37:23
Access level:the public Released:2006-05-20 23:42:17
Creative Commons license:CC BY
Reference information

Primary reference:

17318. P. Jung. 1965. Miocene Mollusca from the Paraguana Peninsula, Venezuela. Bulletins of American Paleontology 49(223):389-652 [A. Miller/A. Hendy]