Sugarloaf Creek, Cliefden Caves (Ordovician of Australia)

Also known as Reef 2482

Where: New South Wales, Australia (33.6° S, 148.9° E: paleocoordinates 14.4° N, 174.6° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Malongulli Formation, Bolindian (449.5 - 443.7 Ma)

• block in the upper part of the formation (5 m below the contact with the overlying Angullong Tuff), Malongulli Formation is Late Eastonian-Early Bolindian (Katian-lowest Hirnantian)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: slope or ramp reef; lithified limestone and lithified siltstone

• small sponge biostromes
• lenticular breccia body up to 2.7 m thick containing an intermixture of shallow-water coral limestone clasts and blocks of deeper-water dark-grey lime mudstones and wackestones with sponges; embedded in graptolitic and spiculitic siltstones and shale

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: J. K. Rigby and B. D. Webby. 1988. Late Ordovician sponges from the Malongulli Formation of central New South Wales, Australia. Palaeontographica Americana 56:1-147 [A. Miller/P. Novack-Gottshall/U. Merkel]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 119489: authorized by Wolfgang Kiessling, entered by Uta Merkel on 28.10.2011

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Demospongea
 Streptosclerophorida - Hindiidae
Hindia sphaeroidalis Duncan 1879 demosponge
Palmatohindia multipora Rigby and Webby 1988 demosponge
 Spirosclerophorida - Haplistiidae
Lewinia cavernosa Rigby and Webby 1988 demosponge
 Lithistida - Streptosolenidae
Perissocoelia habra Rigby and Webby 1988 demosponge
Aulocopium aurantium Oswald 1847 demosponge
 Lithistida - Anthaspidellidae
Vandonia clathrata n. gen. n. sp. Rigby and Webby 1988 demosponge
Gleesonia porosa Rigby and Webby 1988 demosponge
Yarrowigahia brassicata n. gen. n. sp. Rigby and Webby 1988 demosponge
 Lithistida - Astylospongiidae
Astylostroma micra Rigby and Webby 1988 demosponge
Hexactinellida
 Lyssacinosa - Pseudolanciculidae
Pseudolancicula exigua Webby and Trotter 1993 glass sponge
 Lyssacinosa - Pyruspongiidae
Wongaspongia minor n. gen. n. sp., Wongaspongia major n. sp.
Wongaspongia minor n. gen. n. sp. Rigby and Webby 1988 glass sponge
Wongaspongia major n. sp. Rigby and Webby 1988 glass sponge
 Reticulosa - Dictyospongiidae
Tiddalickia quadrata n. gen. n. sp.
Tiddalickia quadrata n. gen. n. sp. Rigby and Webby 1988 glass sponge
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Silicunculus bengtsoni Webby and Trotter 1993 glass sponge
Kometia cruciformis Webby and Trotter 1993 glass sponge
Calcarea
 Porata - Angullongiidae
Nibiconia adnata n. gen. n. sp. Rigby and Webby 1988 calcareous sponge
Belubulaia packhami Webby and Rigby 1985 calcareous sponge
Anomaloides reticulatus
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