Balza di Rocca Limata reef, northcentral Sicily (Miocene to of Italy)

Also known as Reef 678

Where: Italy (37.7° N, 14.0° E: paleocoordinates 37.4° N, 13.7° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Terravecchia Formation, Tortonian to Tortonian (11.6 - 5.3 Ma)

• Late Tortonian-Early Messinian

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: reef, buildup or bioherm; lithified limestone

• channel-mouth reefs

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: M. Pedley. 1996. Miocene reef facies of the pelagian region (Central Mediterranean). SEPM Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology 5:247-259 [W. Kiessling/U. Merkel]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 69924: authorized by Wolfgang Kiessling, entered by Uta Merkel on 12.03.2007

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Polychaeta
 Sabellida - Serpulidae
Serpulidae indet. Rafinesque 1835
Bivalvia
  -
Bivalvia indet. Linnaeus 1758 clam
Gastropoda
 Vermetoidea - Vermetidae
Vermetidae indet. Rafinesque 1815 worm shell
Bryozoa
  -
Bryozoa indet. Ehrenberg 1831
Echinoidea
  -
Echinoidea indet. Leske 1778 sea urchin
Anthozoa
 Scleractinia - Poritidae
Porites sp.2 Link 1807 stony coral
Porites cf. lobatosepta2 Chevalier 1961 stony coral
Porites calabricae2 Chevalier 1961 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Siderastreidae
Siderastrea crenulata2 Goldfuss 1826 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Meandrinidae
Meandrina sp. Lamarck 1801 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Merulinidae
"Coeloria siciliae n. sp." = Platygyra2
"Coeloria siciliae n. sp." = Platygyra2 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Faviidae
Tarbellastraea sp.2, "Tarbellastraea cf. prevostiana" = Tarbellastraea reussiana2, Tarbellastraea raulini1, "Tarbellastraea siciliae n. sp." = Tarbellastraea tenera2, "Palaeoplesiastraea romettensis" = Solenastrea romettensis2, "Palaeoplesiastraea desmoulinsi" = Solenastrea desmoulinsi2
Tarbellastraea sp.2 Alloiteau 1950 stony coral
"Tarbellastraea cf. prevostiana" = Tarbellastraea reussiana2 Milne-Edwards and Haime 1850 stony coral
Tarbellastraea raulini1 Milne-Edwards and Haime 1850 stony coral
"Tarbellastraea siciliae n. sp." = Tarbellastraea tenera2 Reuss 1847 stony coral
"Palaeoplesiastraea romettensis" = Solenastrea romettensis2 Seguenza 1864 stony coral
"Palaeoplesiastraea desmoulinsi" = Solenastrea desmoulinsi2 Milne-Edwards and Haime 1851 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Columastreidae
Palaeoplesiastraea columnaeformis2 Chevalier 1961 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Heliastraeidae
Heliastrea sp.2 Milne Edwards and Haime 1857 stony coral
Rhodophyceae
 Corallinales - Corallinaceae
Corallinaceae indet. Lamouroux 1816