Calcari di Melissano fish (Cretaceous of Italy)

Also known as Calcari di Melissano layers 3 and 5

Where: Italy (40.1° N, 8.5° E: paleocoordinates 33.6° N, 5.8° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Calcari di Melissano Formation, Campanian (83.6 - 72.1 Ma)

• latest Campanian, two layers grouped here, one about 25 cm thick, and situated about 10 cm below the upper layer which is about 50 cm thick.

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: shelly/skeletal, argillaceous limestone

• a limestone layer with laminae and rare well, preserved fishes some of the limestone has an "earthy" appearance with frequent fragments of ichthyolites

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: For all layers excavated, rock was dug to a depth of about 90 cm, on an excavation front of 5 m.

Primary reference: L. Sorbini. 1978. New fish bed localities of latest Campanian age (Leece, South Italy; a preliminary paper). Bollettino del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona 5:607-608 [J. Alroy/E. Leckey/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 35332: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 01.12.2003

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Taxonomic list

 Teleostei - Aspidorhynchidae
Belonostomus sp. Agassiz 1843
 Teleostei -
Anguilliformes indet. Greenwood et al. 1966 eel
Salmoniformes indet. Bleeker 1859
Beryciformes indet. Regan 1909
 Myctophiformes - Myctophidae
Myctophidae indet. Gill 1893 lanternfish
 Teleostei -
Clupeiformes indet. Bleeker 1859