Leitha Limestone Coral Interval 1 (Miocene of Austria)

Where: Burgenland, Austria (47.8° N, 16.5° E: paleocoordinates 47.3° N, 16.1° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Leitha Formation, Middle Miocene (16.0 - 11.6 Ma)

• N.B. the unit currently is not defined formally...the term Leitha Limestone is used in a purely descriptive manner.

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: shallow subtidal; framestone

• Study examined one outcrop microfaies associated with coral unit, near top of sequence. Studied unit divided into 3 sequnces with 10 coral intervals.
• The quarry consists of two levels, a lower level with a deeper water facies and an upper level with the coral facies...The upper outcrop is divided into three conspicuous sequences. Three marly layers define a distinct sequence in the central part of the outcrop that is clearly separable form the over- and underlying sequences that lack marls. Coral framestones occur in the upper and lower sequences while the middle sequences is characterized by coral fragments only.

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: recrystallized

Primary reference: B. Riegl and W.E. Piller. 2000. Biostromal Coral Facies—A Miocene Example from the Leitha Limestone (Austria) and its Actualistic Interpretation. Palaios 15(5):399-413 [W. Clyde/J. Finarelli/J. Finarelli]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taphonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 37349: authorized by Will Clyde, entered by John Finarelli on 13.03.2004

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Bivalvia indet. Linnaeus 1758 clam
 Ostreida - Ostreidae
Ostreidae indet. Rafinesque 1815 oyster
 Ostreida - Malleidae
Isognomon sp. Lightfoot 1786 oyster
Echinoidea indet. Leske 1778 sea urchin
 Scleractinia - Poritidae
Porites sp. Link 1807 stony coral