Zaouïa of Stita (Ordovician of Algeria)

Also known as Zaouïa of Stita in the north-western part of Great Kabylia, at the confluence of Wadi Stita and Wadi Seba at about 5 km northeast of Tizi-Ouzou, in the municipality of Makouda.

Where: Algeria (36.9° N, 4.0° E: paleocoordinates 72.8° S, 98.3° E)

• coordinate based on political unit

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Zaouïa Schists Formation, Darriwilian (467.3 - 458.4 Ma)

• Zaouïa Schists overly Darriwillian Akaoudj Tuffs and underly Katian Djurdjuran Limestone

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; lithified, micaceous, gray, green mudstone

• The Zaouïa of Stita assemblage is preserved in slightly metamorphosed green or grey micaceous mudstone with many intercalated tuff beds similar to those of Akaoudj.

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: Y. Makhlouf, B. Lefebvre, E. Nardin, A. Nedjari, and C. R. C. Paul. 2017. The diploporite blastozoan Lepidocalix pulcher from the Middle Ordovician of northern Algeria: Taxonomic revision and palaeoecological implications. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 62(2):299-310 [P. Wagner/P. Wagner]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 196943: authorized by Pete Wagner, entered by Pete Wagner on 13.10.2018

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Taxonomic list

 Hydroida -
 Strophomenida - Strophomenidae
 Phacopida - Homalonotidae
Colpocoryphe arago Rouault 1849 trilobite
 Phacopida - Calymenidae
"Pharostoma pulchra" = Prionocheilus pulchra
"Pharostoma pulchra" = Prionocheilus pulchra Beyrich 1846 trilobite
 Dendroidea - Acanthograptidae
 Dendroidea - Dendrograptidae
Dendrograptus sp. Hall 1858 graptolite
 Sphaeronitida - Aristocystitidae
Lepidocalix pulcher Termier and Termier 1950