We would like to thank Pereira (2015) for his interest in our work and appreciate the opportunity to clarify some aspects of the Rodrigues et al. (2015) study. Here we dispute several fundamental assertions made in the discussion of our original paper.

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The likely source for the Mértola and Mira formations as proposed by Pereira (2015) is ‘the allochthonous oceanic terranes of NW Iberia (c. 405–395 Ma; Morais–Talhinhas, Moeche, Careon and Purrido ophiolites; Pin et al. 2002; Martinez et al. 2011 and references therein)’. However, the age quoted for these ophiolites (Fig. 1a...

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