Abstract

The orbitolinid foraminifer Heterocoskinolina bariensis Luperto-Sinni & Reina, 1992, which was first described from the Cenomanian (lower?) of the Apulian Carbonate Platform (southern Italy), has also been found in a Cretaceous shallow-water carbonate sequence of the Bey Dağları Carbonate Platform (Western Taurides, southern Turkey). The morphological analysis, based on numerous successive acetate-peels, revealed annular chambers subdivided into wedge-like chamberlets ( = cupulae) by apparent “radial partitions” produced by the strong infolding of the chamber floor; these are characteristic of the genus Coskinolinella Delmas & Deloffre, 1961. Specimens were compared with descriptions and images of closely related taxa. The stratigraphic position of C. bariensis was determined as upper Albian, based on its occurrence 50 m below the lower–middle Cenomanian Sellialveolina gr. viallii Zone and the presence of Protochrysalidina elongata. Because of its restricted stratigraphic range, this species may have age-diagnostic value for Cretaceous biostratigraphy in restricted platform facies. Other benthic foraminifera, some poorly known, are also documented and illustrated from this same shallow-water carbonate sequence.

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