Golden Bay (Miocene of Malta)

Also known as Reef 712

Where: Malta (35.9° N, 14.3° E: paleocoordinates 35.8° N, 14.1° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Tal Pitkal Member (Upper Coralline Limestone Formation), Messinian (7.2 - 5.3 Ma)

• upper part of the Upper Coralline Limestone, termed as the Depiru Beds – a subdivision of the Tal-Pitkal Member

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

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

• open framework leeward ramp patch-reefs
• patch-reefs associated with intra-framework and fissure infill coarse-grained whitish sediments

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: cast, mold/impression

Primary reference: M. Gatt and A. de Angeli. 2010. A new coral-associated decapod assemblage from the Upper Miocene (Messinian) Upper Coralline Limestone of Malta (central Mediterranean). Palaeontology 53(6):1315-1348 [W. Kiessling/U. Merkel]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 131977: authorized by Wolfgang Kiessling, entered by Uta Merkel on 03.08.2012

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Crustacea
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Maja biaensis Lorenthey 1929
Malacostraca
 Decapoda - Diogenidae
Paguristes sp. Dana 1851 hermit crab
Paguristes cserhatensis Muller 1984 hermit crab
 Decapoda - Paguridae
Dardanus hungaricus Lorenthey 1929 hermit crab
 Decapoda - Galatheidae
Galathea sp. Fabricius 1793 decapod
Galathea weinfurteri Bachmayer 1950 decapod
 Decapoda - Porcellanidae
Petrolisthes cf. magnus Muller 1984 decapod
 Decapoda - Callianassidae
Callianassa munieri Brocchi 1883 decapod
 Decapoda - Dromiidae
Dromia neogenica Muller 1978 crab
 Decapoda -
Daira speciosa Reuss 1871 crab
 Decapoda - Carpiliidae
Carpilius sp. Desmarest 1823 crab
 Decapoda - Xanthidae
Xantho moldavicus Yanakevich 1977 stone crab
 Decapoda - Pilumnidae
Pilumnus scaber n. sp. Gatt and de Angeli 2010 crab
 Decapoda - Panopeidae
Panopeus muelleri n. sp. Gatt and de Angeli 2010 crab
 Decapoda - Carcinidae
Xaiva bachmayeri Muller 1984 crab
 Decapoda - Calappidae
Calappa praelata Lorenthey 1929 box crab
 Decapoda - Epialtidae
Herbstia melitense n. sp. Gatt and de Angeli 2010 crab
 Decapoda - Majidae
Micippa annamariae n. sp. Gatt and de Angeli 2010 spider crab
Maxillopoda
 Sessilia - Balanidae
Agonata
  -
? Pagurus turcus Muller 1984
Polychaeta
 Sabellida - Serpulidae
Serpulidae indet. Rafinesque 1835
Bivalvia
 Arcida - Arcidae
Arca sp. Linnaeus 1758 ark
 Arcida - Glycymerididae
Glycymeris sp. Da Costa 1778 clam
 Pectinida - Pectinoidae
Spondylus sp. Linnaeus 1758 scallop
 Pectinida - Limidae
Lima squamosa file clam
 Ostreida - Ostreidae
Ostrea sp. Linnaeus 1758 oyster
 Mytilida - Mytilidae
Lithophaga lithophaga Linnaeus 1758 mussel
 Carditida - Carditidae
"Cardita calyculata" = Cardita (Cardita) calyculata
"Cardita calyculata" = Cardita (Cardita) calyculata Linnaeus 1758 clam
 Pholadida - Pholadidae
 Cardiida - Veneridae
 Pandorida - Clavagellidae
Clavagella sp. Blainville 1817 clam
 Pholadomyida - Pholadomyidae
Pholadomya sp. Sowerby 1823 clam
Gastropoda
 Neogastropoda - Olividae
Oliva sp. Bruguière 1789 olive snail
 Neogastropoda - Fasciolariidae
Fusinus sp. Rafinesque 1815 snail
 Neogastropoda - Conidae
Conus sp. Linnaeus 1758 cone shell
 Cypraeoidea - Cypraeidae
"Cypraea fabagina" = Prozonarina fabagina
"Cypraea fabagina" = Prozonarina fabagina Lamarck 1810 cowry
 Haliotoidea - Haliotidae
Haliotis tuberculata Linnaeus 1758 abalone
 Turbinoidea - Turbinidae
 Fissurelloidea - Fissurellidae
? Fissurella sp. Bruguière 1789 snail
Bryozoa
  -
Bryozoa indet. Ehrenberg 1831
Echinoidea
 Cidaroida - Cidaridae
 Spatangoida - Brissidae
Brissus sp. Gray 1825 heart urchin
Demospongea
 Clavulina - Clionaidae
Entobia sp. Bronn 1838 demosponge
Anthozoa
 Scleractinia - Poritidae
Porites sp. Link 1807 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Siderastreidae
Siderastrea radians Pallas 1766 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Faviidae
Tarbellastraea reussiana Milne-Edwards and Haime 1850 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Mussidae
Rhodophyceae
 Corallinales - Corallinaceae
Corallinaceae indet. Lamouroux 1816