Swiss Journal of Geosciences

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Bathonian (Middle Jurassic) crinoids of the Hidas Valley (Mecsek Mountains, S Hungary) and their biogeographic significance

  • Krystian Konieczyński
  • Andrzej Pisera
  • Maria Aleksandra Bitner
  • Andras Galácz


The Bathonian crinoid fauna that occurs in red nodular limestone and argillaceous limestones from the Hidas Valley, Mecsek Mts (southern Hungary) consists of three isocrinid and six cyrtocrinid species. Isocrinids are represented by Balanocrinus inornatus (d’Orbigny), B. berchteni Hess and Pugin and Balanocrinus sp. Cyrtocrinids are represented by Phyllocrinus stellaris Zaręczny, P. birkenmajeri Głuchowski, P. malbosianus d’Orbigny, Apsidocrinus sp., Lonchocrinus sp., and the new species Psalidocrinus hidasinus sp. nov. This last species is the earliest occurrence of the genus Psalidocrinus previously known from the Early Tithonian to Valanginian. This is the first crinoid fauna described from the Middle Jurassic (Bathonian) of Hungary. The co-occurrence of isocrinids and cyrtocrinids indicates an environment subject to weak currents. The stratigraphical and geographical distribution of the identified cyrtocrinid genera and species suggests a Tethyan origin and subsequent migration to the northern Tethyan shelf.


Cyrtocrinida Isocrinida Middle Jurassic Taxonomy Palaeoecology Tethys Hungary 



Collection of the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences


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We would like to express our thanks to an anonymous reviewer and Stephen K. Donovan for numerous constructive remarks. Dr. Istvan Fözy (Hungarian Natural History Museum Budapest) and Dr. Istvan Szente, (Department of Palaeontology, Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest) for their help in the field and supplying a part of the material.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krystian Konieczyński
    • 1
  • Andrzej Pisera
    • 1
  • Maria Aleksandra Bitner
    • 1
  • Andras Galácz
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of SciencesWarszawaPoland
  2. 2.Department of PalaeontologyEötvös Lorand UniversityBudapestHungary

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