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Pliocene brachiopods from north-western Africa

Maria Aleksandra BITNER & Pierre MOISSETTE

en Geodiversitas 25 (3) - Pages 463-479

Published on 26 September 2003

Seven species of Pliocene brachiopods belonging to the genera Aphelesia Cooper, 1959, Terebratula Müller, 1776, Gryphus Megerle von Mühlfeld, 1811, Terebratulina d'Orbigny, 1847, Megathiris d'Orbigny, 1847 and Megerlia King, 1850 have been recognised in an old collection from Algeria and Morocco, held in the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris. This is the first record of Gryphus from North Africa, while Aphelesia and Megerlia are reported for the first time from Morocco. This brachiopod fauna displays close affinity with those from the Mediterranean province where assemblages of similar composition are associated with shallow water, high-energy environments.

Keywords :

Brachiopoda, Pliocene, Mediterranean province, north-western Africa, Algeria, Morocco

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