Metlaoui (Eocene of Tunisia)

Also known as Al-Mitlawi

Where: Tunisia (34.3° N, 8.4° E: paleocoordinates 26.5° N, 5.8° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Gafsa Phosphates Formation, Ypresian (56.0 - 47.8 Ma)

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: coastal; phosphorite

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: R. T. J. Moody. 1972. The turtle fauna of the Eocene phosphates of Metaloui, Tunisia. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 83(3):327-336 [M. Uhen/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 106501: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Mark Uhen on 22.03.2011, edited by Bethany Allen

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Taxonomic list

Reptilia
 Testudines - Cheloniidae
Thalassochelys testei n. sp.2 Bergounioux 1956 sea turtle
Thalassochelys phosphatica n. sp.2 Stefano 1903 sea turtle
 Testudines - Bothremydidae
Eusarkia rotundiformis Bergounioux 1952 sideneck turtle
Gafsachelys phosphatica Stefano 1903 sideneck turtle
Crassachelys neurirregularis Bergounioux 1952 sideneck turtle
 Loricata - Dyrosauridae
Dyrosaurus choumovitchi n. sp.1, "Dyrosaurus phosphaticus" = Dyrosaurus phosphaticus1, "Dyrosaurus berneti n. sp." = Dyrosaurus phosphaticus1, "Dyrosaurus variabilis n. sp." = Dyrosaurus phosphaticus1, Phosphatosaurus gavialoides n. gen. n. sp.1
Dyrosaurus choumovitchi n. sp.1 crocodilian
"Dyrosaurus phosphaticus" = Dyrosaurus phosphaticus1 Thomas 1893 crocodilian
"Dyrosaurus berneti n. sp." = Dyrosaurus phosphaticus1 Thomas 1893 crocodilian
"Dyrosaurus variabilis n. sp." = Dyrosaurus phosphaticus1 Thomas 1893 crocodilian
Phosphatosaurus gavialoides n. gen. n. sp.1 Bergounioux 1955 crocodilian
 Loricata - Pholidosauridae
Rhabdosaurus acutirostris n. gen. n. sp.1
Rhabdosaurus acutirostris n. gen. n. sp.1 Bergounioux 1955 crocodilian