ABSTRACT

Renewed study of an Australian Mississippian-age palynoflora – the Grandispora maculosa zonal assemblage from the Mount Johnstone/Italia Road Formation (Hunter Valley, New South Wales) – reveals significant morphological variation in some of its key miospore components – in particular Reticulatisporites magnidictyus, the subject of the present account. Detailed microscopy of numerous topotypic specimens of this species, originally described in 1968, results in its formal emendation; this takes particular account of the hitherto unrecognised presence of a proximo-apical prominence about the confluence of the laesurae. The G. maculosa palynoflora, with its constituent R. magnidictyus, has been reported from within a ca. 30–45°S palaeolatitudinal belt, at numerous Western, Eastern, and Northern Gondwanan locations in strata of middle Visean–early Serpukhovian age, but with a possible extension into the Early Pennsylvanian (Bashkirian). Consequently, R. magnidictyus is one of a very limited group of distinctive miospore species that facilitate long-distance chronostratigraphic correlation within the supercontinent.

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