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Late Triassic foraminifera in reefal limestones of SW Cyprus

Published inJournal of Foraminiferal Research, vol. 39, no. 3, p. 218-230
Publication date2009

The objective of this study was to assess Late Triassic (late Carnian-Norian to Rhaetian) foraminiferal faunas relative to carbonate textures in reefal limestones cropping out in SW Cyprus. The fauna is a highly diversified, facies-controlled association comprising 32 species in 27 genera. There are two important relationships between reefal genera and host sediments: Hydrania and Cucurbita are very abundant in bio-floatstone to rudstone, and Ophthalmidiidae (Ophthalmidium, Densophthalmidium and Paraophthalmidium) are very abundant in skeletal-peloidal packstone. In addition, the genera Kaeveria, Bispiranella and Miliolipora have only been recorded in the skeletal-peloidal packstone of Aphrodite's Rock in the Petra tou Romiou area. The microfauna is typical of shallow, high-energy tropical carbonate platforms where reefal structures provide a variety of microenvironments for abundant and diverse foraminifera. In these depositional conditions, very common during the Upper Triassic, foraminifera disperse rapidly, so that the Late Triassic Cypriote fauna has both European and Asian affinities. Indeed, many of the species that are common in Cyprus are also found in western and eastern Europe (Calcareous Alps, western Carpathians, Crimea, southern Apennines, Sicily, Albania, Greece, Turkey), the Middle East (Iran, Oman) and Asia (Wombat Plateau), especially on the Indonesian islands of Seram and Sulawesi.

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MARTINI, Rossana, PEYBERNÈS, Bernard, MOIX, Patrice. Late Triassic foraminifera in reefal limestones of SW Cyprus. In: Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 2009, vol. 39, n° 3, p. 218–230. doi: 10.2113/gsjfr.39.3.218
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