Molluscan assemblages, Aldabra Atoll, Takamaka Limestone (Pleistocene of Seychelles)

Where: Seychelles (9.4° S, 46.4° E: paleocoordinates 9.4° S, 46.5° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Takamaka Limestone Formation, Late/Upper Pleistocene (0.1 - 0.0 Ma)

• 125 kyr

Environment/lithology: shallow subtidal; limestone

• either well-circulated, shallow water or a quiet depositional environment
• abundance of calcareous red algae

Size class: macrofossils

Collected in 1969; reposited in the BMNH

• June-September 1969, small additional quantity in 1973

Primary reference: J. D. Taylor. 1978. Faunal response to the instability of reef habitats: Pleistocene molluscan assemblages of Aldabra Atoll. Palaeontology 21(1):1-30 [W. Kiessling/A. Girndt]more details

Purpose of describing collection: paleoecologic analysis

PaleoDB collection 80965: authorized by Wolfgang Kiessling, entered by Antje Girndt on 24.05.2008

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Bivalvia
 Arcida - Arcidae
Barbatia sp. Gray 1842 clam
 Carditida - Carditidae
Cardita variegata Bruguière 1792 clam
 Cardiida - Veneridae
Dosinia sp. Scopoli 1777 venus clam
 Cardiida -
Scissulina dispar Conrad 1837 clam
 Cardiida - Tellinidae
Pinguitellina robusta Hanley 1844 tellin clam
 Cardiida - Cardiidae
Tridacna maxima Roeding 1798 cockle
"Tridacna gigas" = Tridacna (Tridacna) gigas Linnaeus 1758 cockle
 Lucinida - Lucinidae
Gastropoda
 Patellogastropoda - Lottiidae
Acmaea sp. Eschscholtz 1830 limpet
common
 Cypraeoidea - Cypraeidae
"Cypraea helvola" = Cypraea (Erosaria) helvola
"Cypraea helvola" = Cypraea (Erosaria) helvola Linnaeus 1758 cowry
common
 Sorbeoconcha - Cerithiidae
Cerithium sp. Bruguière 1789 cerith snail
common
 Haliotoidea - Haliotidae
Haliotis varia Linnaeus 1758 abalone
common
 Turbinoidea - Phasianellidae
Phasianella sp. Lamarck 1804 snail
common
 Trochoidea - Trochidae
Trochus maculatus Linnaeus 1758 top snail
common
Trochus radiatus Gmelin 1792 top snail
common
"Tectus mauritianus" = Tectus (Tectus) mauritianus Gmelin 1791 top snail
common
Clanculus cf. limbatus Quoy 1834 top snail
common
Hydrozoa
 Milleporina -
Millepora sp. fire coral
few
Anthozoa
 Scleractinia - Poritidae
Porites sp. Link 1807 stony coral
few
Porites nigrescens Dana 1846 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Acroporidae
Acropora sp. Oken 1815 stony coral
few
 Scleractinia - Pocilloporidae
Seriatopora sp. Lamarck 1816 stony coral
few
 Scleractinia - Merulinidae
Goniastrea sp. Milne-Edwards and Haime 1848 stony coral
few
Platygyra sp. Ehrenberg 1834 stony coral
few
 Scleractinia - Faviidae
Favia sp. Oken 1815 stony coral
few
 Alcyonacea -
Tubipora sp. Linnaeus 1758
few
Bryopsidophyceae
 Caulerpales - Halimedaceae
Halimeda sp. Lamouroux 1812
abundant
Halimeda sp. Lamouroux 1812
frequent
Rhodophyceae
 Corallinales - Hapalidiaceae
Mesophyllum sp. Lemoine 1928
abundant
Lithothamnion sp. Heydrich 1897
abundant
 Corallinales - Corallinaceae
Lithophyllum sp. Philippi 1837
abundant