Abstract

Upper Ordovician carbonate beds within clastic strata of the Road River Group, northern Yukon Territory, have yielded 403 conodont elements representing 25 species; 19 of these are illustrated. Genera present are Amorphognathus, Belodina, Besselodus, Drepanoistodus, Eocarniodus?, Gamachignathus, Icriodella, Noixodontus, Oulodus, Panderodus s.l., Paroistodus?, Plectodina, Protopanderodus, Pseudobelodina s.l., Scabbardella, Strachanognathus, and Walliserodus. The apparatus of new genus A new species A includes a symmetrical and bifurrowed rastrate element.Sparse conodont faunas from Rock River occur in strata below a level bearing graptolites of the D. ornatus Zone and between this zone and the succeeding P. pacificus Zone. These conodonts have a range of "Trentonian" –Gamachian (upper Caradoc –Hirnantian).The fauna from Blackstone River is from a single bed that is 3 m below the G. persculptus Zone? and 13.7 m above the P. pacificus Zone. Although stratigraphically closer to the former, this fauna may be equivalent to a level within the P. pacificus Zone; the conodonts suggest correlation with the late Richmondian Fauna 12 and the lower G. ensifer Zone of Anticosti Island, Quebec. A similar fauna (G. ensifer Zone) occurs in one horizon within the P. pacificus Zone at upper Peel River. One metre above this is the informal D. cf. D. mirus graptolite biohorizon (P. pacificus Zone).The Blackstone and Peel faunas equate to a level within the Ordovician Anceps bands C and D of the Ordovician–Silurian boundary stratotype at Dob's Linn, Scotland. The interval of Fauna 13 and the Gamachian Stage may correspond to Anceps Band E and the C.? extraordinarius Band (and contiguous strata) at Dob's Linn. The base of the G. ensifer Zone and the higher base of the Gamachian are probably late Rawtheyan.

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