Lethia Limestone Coral Interval 10 (Miocene of Austria)

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

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Lethia 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. Primary lithology: framestone Fossils collected from primary lithology

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: shallow subtidal; shelly/skeletal limestone

• 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: mold/impression

Collection methods: surface (in situ),

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 37429: authorized by Will Clyde, entered by John Finarelli on 15.03.2004

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• Coralline algae present
Bryozoa indet. Ehrenberg 1831
 Scleractinia - Poritidae
Porites sp. Link 1807 stony coral
 Scleractinia - Faviidae
Tarbellastraea sp. Alloiteau 1950 stony coral