Abstract

Acid processing allowed systematic identification of 458 Upper Triassic silicified scleractinian corals (20 genera, 47 species) from the Alexander terrane (southeast Alaska) and Wrangellia (Wrangell Mountains, southern Alaska and Vancouver Island, Canada). Coral faunas, here presented, show taxonomic affinity with coeval collections from other Cordilleran terranes, specifically the Wallowa terrane (northeastern Oregon and Idaho) and Peru (South America) as well as the distant Tethys region. Genera from the Alexander terrane include: Kompsasteria Roniewicz, Gablonzeria Cuif, Cuifia Melnikova, Paracuifia Melnikova, Distichophyllia Cuif, Retiophyllia Cuif, Kuhnastraea Cuif, Margarosmilia Volz, Distichomeandra Cuif, Astraeomorpha Reuss, Pamiroseris Melnikova, Crassistella Roniewicz, Stylophyllum Frech, and Meandrostylis Frech. Genera from Wrangellia include: Gablonzeria Cuif, Distichophyllia Cuif, Retiophyllia Cuif, Kuhnastraea Cuif, Margarosmilia Volz, Distichomeandra Cuif, Astraeomorpha Reuss, Parastraeomorpha Roniewicz, Chondrocoenia Roniewicz, Pamiroseris Melnikova, Crassistella Roniewicz, Ampakabastraea? Alloiteau, Recticostastraea Stanley and Whalen, Meandrostylis Frech, Anthostylis Roniewicz, and the new genus Campesteria n. gen. New species include: Gablonzeria grandiosa n. sp., Paracuifia smithi n. sp., Paracuifia jennieae n. sp., P. anomala n. sp., Retiophyllia dendriformis n. sp., R. obtusa n. sp., and Campesteria prolixia n. sp.

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