Mesaoria Plain, Cyprus (Pliocene of Cyprus)

Also known as Reef 2676

Where: Cyprus (35.1° N, 33.1° E: paleocoordinates 35.1° N, 33.2° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Nicosia Formation, Pliocene (5.3 - 2.6 Ma)

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: reef, buildup or bioherm; poorly lithified bafflestone

• Reef resting on calcareous silts, sandstones and conglomerates. 40 m water depth inferred.
• 9 m thick coral reef

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: original calcite

Collection methods: Excellent preservation stated

Primary reference: S. Q. Dornbos and M. A. Wilson. 1999. Paleoecology of a Pliocene coral reef in Cyprus: recovery of a marine community from the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 213(1):103-118 [W. Kiessling/W. Kiessling/W. Kiessling]more details

Purpose of describing collection: paleoecologic analysis

PaleoDB collection 34689: authorized by Wolfgang Kiessling, entered by Wolfgang Kiessling on 16.09.2003

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• Percentages exclude the framework builder Cladocora
Polychaeta
 Sabellida - Serpulidae
Serpulidae indet. Rafinesque 1835
Bivalvia
 Arcida - Arcidae
"Arca noae" = Arca (Arca) noae Linnaeus 1758 ark
Barbatia sp. Gray 1842 clam
"Barbatia barbata" = Barbatia (Barbatia) barbata Linnaeus 1758 clam
"Anadara diluvii" = Scapharca (Scapharca) diluvii Lamarck 1805 clam
 Arcida - Glycymerididae
 Pectinida - Pectinoidae
Spondylus sp. Linnaeus 1758 scallop
Pseudamussium sp. Mörch 1853 scallop
Chlamys sp. Röding 1798 scallop
Chlamys sp. 1
Chlamys sp. Röding 1798 scallop
Chlamys sp. 2
 Ostreida - Ostreidae
Ostrea sp. Linnaeus 1758 oyster
 Carditida - Carditidae
 Cardiida - Chamidae
Chama sp. Linnaeus 1758 jewel box
 Cardiida - Veneridae
"Venus (Antigona) cunctata" = Antigona, Dosinia sp.
"Venus (Antigona) cunctata" = Antigona venus clam
Dosinia sp. Scopoli 1777 venus clam
 Cardiida - Cardiidae
"Cardium echinatum" = Acanthocardia (Acanthocardia) echinata Linnaeus 1767 cockle
Gastropoda
 Neogastropoda - Buccinidae
Buccinulum sp. Swainson 1837 true whelk
 Neogastropoda - Nassariidae
Nassarius (Hinia) sp. Gray 1847 snail
 Neogastropoda - Mitridae
Mitra carbonaria mitre shell
 Neogastropoda - Muricidae
Bolinus brandaris Linnaeus 1758 murex snail
 Velutinoidea - Triviidae
"Trivia ? europaea" = Trivia monacha
"Trivia ? europaea" = Trivia monacha da Costa 1778 snail
 Naticoidea - Naticidae
 Vermetoidea - Vermetidae
Vermetus sp. Daudin 1800 worm shell
 Sorbeoconcha - Turritellidae
Turritella communis Risso 1826 turret shell
 Sorbeoconcha - Cerithiidae
Cerithium sp. Bruguière 1789 cerith snail
Bittium sp. Gray 1847 cerith snail
 Turbinoidea - Turbinidae
"Astraea rugosa" = Bolma rugosus
"Astraea rugosa" = Bolma rugosus Linnaeus 1767 snail
 Fissurelloidea - Fissurellidae
Diodora italica Defrance 1820 snail
 Trochoidea - Trochidae
Jujubinus striatus Linnaeus 1767 top snail
Calliostoma zizyphinum Linnaeus 1758 top snail
Anthozoa
 Scleractinia - Faviidae
Cladocora sp. Ehrenberg 1834 stony coral