Abstract

Late Early Jurassic heteroporid bryozoa occur in arenaceous carbonates near Turnagain Lake, north-central British Columbia. The occurrence of Heteropora tipperi n. sp. marks the first documentation of Early Jurassic cyclostome bryozoa in North America. The associated fauna, comprising the ammonite Harpoceras, the foraminifer Reinholdella, and the pelecypod Weyla, establish the age as Early Toarcian. Other associated biota include an endolithic green alga(e), which is demonstrated to have a commensal relationship with H. tipperi n. sp. Sedimentologic and biotic data from the host strata point to a shallow, temperate, high-energy, normal marine environment.

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