Valzemola reef, Section A-1, Italy (Oligocene of Italy)

Also known as Reef 882

Where: Italy (44.4° N, 8.2° E: paleocoordinates 42.7° N, 7.0° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Molare Formation, Chattian (28.1 - 23.0 Ma)

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

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

• coarse to medium conglomerate grading upwards to coral floatstone. Total thickness 2 m. The conglomerate is poorly cemented and normally graded (calsts up to 50 cm in diameter at the bottom dn up to 2 cm at the top. Pebbles with lithodomous borings.

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Collection methods: peel or thin section,

• Focus on coralline algae, some corals described

Primary reference: P. Fravega, M. Piazza, R. Stockar and G. Vannucci. 1994. Oligocene coral and algal reef and related facies of Valzemola (Savona, NW Italy). Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia 100:423-456 [W. Kiessling/W. Kiessling/W. Kiessling]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 36242: authorized by Wolfgang Kiessling, entered by Wolfgang Kiessling on 20.01.2004

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Scleractinia - Montastraeidae
Montastrea inaequalis von Guembel 1861 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Rhizangiidae
"Hexastraea sp." = Septastrea
"Hexastraea sp." = Septastrea d'Orbigny 1849 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Faviidae
Favia subdenticulata Catullo 1856 stony coral
 Corallinales -
 Corallinales - Hapalidiaceae
 Corallinales - Corallinaceae