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Volume 25, issue 2
J. Micropalaeontol., 25, 175–185, 2006
https://doi.org/10.1144/jm.25.2.175
© Author(s) 2006. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
J. Micropalaeontol., 25, 175–185, 2006
https://doi.org/10.1144/jm.25.2.175
© Author(s) 2006. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  01 Nov 2006

01 Nov 2006

On the stratigraphical and palaeobiogeographical significance of Borelis melo melo (Fichtel & Moll, 1798) and B. melo curdica (Reichel, 1937) (Foraminifera, Miliolida, Alveolinidae)

Robert W. Jones1,2, Michael D. Simmons3, and John E. Whittaker2 Robert W. Jones et al.
  • 1Exploration & Production Technology Group, BP, Chertsey Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex TW16 7LN, UK (e-mail: )
  • 2Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
  • 3Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd, 71 The Business Development Centre, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4RX, UK

Keywords: Borelis, biostratigraphy, palaeobiogeography

Abstract. The stratigraphical and palaeobiogeographical significance of Borelis melo melo (Fichtel & Moll, 1798) and B. melo curdica (Reichel, 1937) is re-assessed in the light of a taxonomic review. Borelis melo melo ranges at least throughout the Miocene, whereas B. melo curdica is restricted to the late Early to Middle Miocene. Both sub-species occur only in the Indo-Pacific Province in the late Early Miocene (‘early’ Burdigalian), but in both the Indo-Pacific and Mediterranean provinces in the latest Early–early Middle Miocene (‘middle’ Burdigalian–Langhian), implying a marine (re-)connection between the two regions at this time.

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