Autignac, Languedoc (Miocene of France)

Also known as Reef 970

Where: France (43.5° N, 3.2° E: paleocoordinates 43.7° N, 1.9° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Middle Miocene (16.0 - 11.6 Ma)

• Vindobonian (Middle Miocene-Tortonian?)

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

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

• coral biostrome, 1-10 m thick, 3 km wide

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: J. P. Chevalier. 1961. Recherches sur les Madreporaires et les formations recifales Miocenes de la Mediterranee occidentale [Miocene corals and reefs from the western Mediterranean]. Memoires de la Societe geologique de France 93:1-562 [W. Kiessling/U. Merkel/U. Merkel]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 70318: authorized by Wolfgang Kiessling, entered by Uta Merkel on 21.03.2007

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Taxonomic list

 Pectinida - Pectinoidae
Pecten sp. Müller 1776 scallop
 Ostreida - Ostreidae
 Mytilida - Mytilidae
Lithophaga lithophaga Linnaeus 1758 mussel
 Scleractinia - Montastraeidae
"Heliastrea cf. tchihatcheffi" = Montastrea tchihatcheffi
"Heliastrea cf. tchihatcheffi" = Montastrea tchihatcheffi Chevalier 1961 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Merulinidae
"Aphrastrea autignacensis n. sp." = Favites autignacensis
"Aphrastrea autignacensis n. sp." = Favites autignacensis Chevalier 1961 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Faviidae
Tarbellastraea sp. Alloiteau 1950 stony coral
Tarbellastraea reussiana Milne-Edwards and Haime 1850 stony coral
Tarbellastraea cf. eggenburgensis Kühn 1925 stony coral
var. andalousiana
 Scleractinia - Mussidae
Acanthastrea dausi Chevalier 1961 stony coral
Lithophyllia gigas Chevalier 1961 stony coral
Mussismilia vindobonensis Chevalier 1961 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Heliastraeidae
Heliastrea sp. Milne Edwards and Haime 1857 stony coral
Heliastrea grandis Chevalier 1961 stony coral
Heliastrea oligophylla Reuss 1871 stony coral
Heliastrea mellahica Gregory 1906 stony coral
Heliastrea autignacensis n. sp. Chevalier 1961 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Diploastraeidae
"Thegioastraea cf. roasendai" = Diploastrea roasendai, "Thegioastraea cf. incerta" = Diploastrea incerta
"Thegioastraea cf. roasendai" = Diploastrea roasendai Michelotti 1871 stony coral
"Thegioastraea cf. incerta" = Diploastrea incerta Osasco 1897 stony coral