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Oncoid-dwelling foraminifera from Late Jurassic shallow-water carbonates of the Northern Calcareous Alps (Austria and Germany)

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DOI: 10.1007/s10347-008-0168-y

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Schlagintweit, F. & Gawlick, HJ. Facies (2009) 55: 259. doi:10.1007/s10347-008-0168-y


Oncoidal limestones with different oncoid types are ubiquitous in back-reef open-lagoonal and, to a minor amount, in closed-lagoonal facies of the Late Jurassic Plassen Carbonate Platform of the Northern Calcareous Alps. A common feature of the oncoids from moderately to well-agitated open-lagoonal habitats are incorporated small trochospiral benthic foraminifers, tentatively assigned to trochamminids, switched between individual micritic layers. Their life style is discussed concluding a specialized feeding on cyanophytes on the outer side of the oncoids and later becoming biomurated by successive sheet formations due to oncoid growing.


OncoidBenthic foraminiferaBiomurationPlassen Carbonate PlatformLate Jurassic

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MunichGermany
  2. 2.Department for Applied Geosciences and Geophysics, Prospection and Applied SedimentologyUniversity of LeobenLeobenAustria