Androlikou (Pliocene of Cyprus)

Where: Cyprus (35.0° N, 32.4° E: paleocoordinates 35.0° N, 32.2° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Early/Lower Pliocene (5.3 - 3.6 Ma)

• The micropalaeontological study of the two litholo- gies which are exposed at Androlikou, has shown that Globorotalia humerosa and G. margaritae margari- tae occur in the bioarenite, whereas Globorotalia hu- merosa is associated with G. puncticulata in the marly facies. Consequently, the age of the fossiliferous beds is here interpreted as being Early Pliocene.

Environment/lithology: marine; white marl

• This outcrop is a distinct dependence of the Pliocene filling of the former gulf which is presently drained by the Khrysokhou river.
• The fossiliferous outcrop is situated at the top of a thick series of massiv greyish to whitish marls. The main fossiliferous bed, which is intercalated about two metres below a bed of lithified bioarenite, is divided into two parts: a twenty centimetres thick laminated horizon of a whitish marl which is rich in fish skel- etons, underlying a decimetre of bioarenite yield- ing mainly ornamented fragments of Aeoliscus body shields.

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: J. Gaudant and M.-D. Courme. 2014. A new Pliocene marine fish fauna from north-western Cyprus, with a micropalaeontological account. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie 272(2):205-212 [M. Uhen/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 185663: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Mark Uhen on 05.05.2017

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Taxonomic list

 Clupeiformes - Clupeoidei
Sardina sp. Antipa 1905 herring
 Scombriformes - Scombridae
Scombridae indet. Rafinesque 1815
 Scombriformes - Trichiuridae
Lepidopus sp. Gouan 1770
 Syngnathiformes - Dactylopteridae
 Syngnathiformes - Syngnathidae
Syngnathus cf. albyi Sauvage 1870 pipefish
 Syngnathiformes - Centriscidae
 Carangiformes - Carangidae
? Trachurus sp. Lacépède 1802
 Gadiformes - Bregmacerotidae
Bregmaceros cf. albyi Sauvage 1880