Salento Peninsula, Halimeda bioherms (Miocene of Italy)

Also known as Reef 3206

Where: Italy (39.8° N, 18.4° E: paleocoordinates 39.6° N, 18.1° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Novaglie Formation, Messinian (7.2 - 5.3 Ma)

• Early Messinian

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

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

• Halimeda `reefs' of the Salento Peninsula (here referred to as bioherms) are represented by massive, slightly lenticular structures (about 30 m long and 4^5 m thick) roughly placed at the

•base of the proximal slope (15³^30³) and surrounded by poorly strati¢ed bioclastic calcarenites

•and gravels.

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: peel or thin section,

Primary reference: F. R. Bosellini, A. Russo, and A. Vescogni. 2001. Messinian reef-building assemblages of the Salento Peninsula (southern Italy): palaeobathymetric and palaeoclimatic significance. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 175:7-26 [W. Kiessling/W. Kiessling/W. Kiessling]more details

Purpose of describing collection: paleoecologic analysis

PaleoDB collection 34687: authorized by Wolfgang Kiessling, entered by Wolfgang Kiessling on 16.09.2003

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Foraminifera -
Ostracoda indet. Latreille 1802 ostracod
Bivalvia indet. Linnaeus 1758 clam
 Vermetoidea - Vermetidae
Vermetidae indet. Rafinesque 1815 worm shell
Bryozoa indet. Ehrenberg 1831
Echinoidea indet. Leske 1778 sea urchin
 Caulerpales - Halimedaceae
Halimeda sp. Lamouroux 1812
 Corallinales - Corallinaceae
Corallinaceae indet. Lamouroux 1816