Fauna d, Section AV1, Whittaker Fm., Mackenzie Mts. (Silurian of Canada)

Where: Northwest Territories, Canada (62.4° N, 127.0° W: paleocoordinates 8.3° N, 53.2° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Pterospathodus celloni conodont zone, Whittaker Formation, Telychian (438.5 - 433.4 Ma)

• Zonation based on conodonts present in AV sections 1, 2, and 4. (AV 3 and DR sections correlated with these on basis of trilobite faunal assemblages.)

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: offshore shelf; argillaceous limestone and calcareous shale

• "The strata assigned to the Whittaker Formation in these sections are largely deeper water platform margin or upper slope limestones and shales." Shallower upper half of Grand Cycle 2.

•SEP environmental call based on given information

• Whittaker Fm. in general: "Beneath a distinctive buff-brown coloured shale unit, assigned to the base of the Delorme Fm., the strata consist of interbedded argillaceous limestones, calcareous shales, and cherty dolomites...The more carbonate-rich horizons contain rich silicified trilobite, conodont, and ostracode faunas. They also contain sparser coral, bryozoanb, brachiopod, mollusc, and other invertebrate faunas..."

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: replaced with silica

Primary reference: B. D. E. Chatterton and D. G. Perry. 1983. Silicified Silurian odontopleurid trilobites from the Mackenzie Mountains. Palaeontographica Canadiana 1:1-55 [M. Foote/M. Foote/M. Foote]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 26030: authorized by Michael Foote, entered by Michael Foote on 01.10.2002

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Strophomenida - Leptellinidae
Leptellina (Merciella) mackenziensis3 Jin and Chatterton 1997
 Strophomenida - Aegiromenidae
Jonesea undulata3 Jin and Chatterton 1997
 Strophomenida - Leptestiidae
 Orthotetida - Triplesiidae
Acaretyrricula tenuiguttae3 Jin and Chatterton 1997
 Protorthida - Skenidiidae
Skenidioides operosa3 Johnson et al. 1976
 Orthida - Dicoelosiidae
Dicoelosia parvifrons3 Johnson et al. 1976
Epitomyonia clausula3 Johnson et al. 1976
 Odontopleurida - Odontopleuridae
"Acidaspis (Dalaspis) drzymlai" = Dalaspis trilobite
 Proetida - Aulacopleuridae
 Phacopida - Encrinuridae
Distyrax sp. n. sp.2 Lane 1988 trilobite
n. sp. A
Perryus bartletti n. sp.2 trilobite