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First occurrence of the genus Zonocypris (Ostracoda) in the Pleistocene of Western Europe (Portugal)

M. C. Cabral, J. P. Colin and P. Carbonel
First occurrence of the genus Zonocypris (Ostracoda) in the Pleistocene of Western Europe (Portugal)
Journal of Micropalaeontology (November 2004) 23, Part 2: 105-106


The Recent distribution of the freshwater ostracod genus Zonocypris G. W. Mueller, 1898 (type-species Zonocypris madagascariensis Mueller, 1898) is restricted to Africa, Madagascar and, occasionally, the eastern Mediterranean (Turkey: Zonocypris inconspicua Schafer, 1952; Zonocypris costata (Vavra, 1897); and pers. comm. K. Martens and O. Kuelkoeylueoglu). In the Miocene, this genus has been reported from Morocco (Zonocypris maghrebinensis Helmdach, 1988) and in the Plio-Pleistocene, from India (Zonocypris costata, in Bhatia & Khosla, 1967; Singh, 1977), Bulgaria (Zonocypris membranae membranae Livental, in Suzin 1956, and Zonocypris membranae quadricella Stancheva, in Stancheva, 1966), Turkey (Zonocypris membranae, in Tunoglu, 2001), Greece (Paracypretta? sp. Mostafawi, 1988, Zonocypris sp. 6 Mostafawi, 1994b and Zonocypris rippeae Mostafawi, 1994a) and Russia (Zonocypris membranae, in Suzin, 1956; Mandelstam & Schneider, 1963). Species attributed to Zonocypris by Nazik & Goekcen (1992) from the Lower Miocene of Turkey most likely do not belong to the genus Zonocypris but to Virgatocypris Malz & Moayedpour, 1973. Recent field work in Algarve, southern Portugal (Cabral et al., 2003), allowed the presence of the genus Zonocypris to be recorded, represented by a species closely related to the Recent species Zonocypris costata (Vavra, 1897) in a Pleistocene lacustrine ostracod assemblage at Boliqueime. Thus, the recognition of Zonocypris cf. costata (Pl. 1) in the Pleistocene of southern Portugal is the first documented occurrence of this genus in post-Cretaceous deposits of Western Europe.

ISSN: 0262-821X
EISSN: 2041-4978
Serial Title: Journal of Micropalaeontology
Serial Volume: 23, Part 2
Title: First occurrence of the genus Zonocypris (Ostracoda) in the Pleistocene of Western Europe (Portugal)
Affiliation: Universidade de Lisboa, Departamento and Centro de Geologia, Lisbon, Portugal
Pages: 105-106
Published: 200411
Text Language: English
Publisher: British Micropalaeontological Society, London, United Kingdom
References: 16
Accession Number: 2007-041671
Categories: Invertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
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Secondary Affiliation: Universite Bordeaux I, FRA, France
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 200711
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