Bou Arfa (1), Atlas Mountains (Jurassic of Morocco)

Also known as Reef 348

Where: Morocco (32.5° N, 2.0° W: paleocoordinates 24.1° N, 1.8° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Sinemurian (199.3 - 190.8 Ma)

• Niveau a Arnioceras (= middle Sinemurian)

Environment/lithology: perireef or subreef; lithified, concretionary limestone

• calcaire a concretions siliceuses

•les depots recifaux ou subrecifaux debutent des le Lias inferieur; ils sont amorces par des constructions de buttes de boue carbonatee, souvent dolomitisee et construites a partir d'organismes autres que les Madreporaires (Algues, Spongiaires). (interpreted as the reefs and subreef deposits begin in the lower Lias; they begin with the construction of carbonate mud mounds, which are often dolomitized and are composed in part of organisms other than coral (algae, sponges))

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: mold/impression

Primary reference: L. Beauvais. 1986. Monographie des Madreporaires du Jurassique Inferieur du Maroc (Monograph on Lower Jurassic Corals of Morocco). Palaeontographica Abteilung A 194(1-3):1-68 [A. Miller/K. Layou/A. Girndt]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 33571: authorized by Arnold Miller, entered by Karen Layou on 04.08.2003

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Taxonomic list

 Scleractinia - Zardinophyllidae
Archaeosmilia subrecta n. sp. stony coral
 Scleractinia - Stylophyllidae