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Swiss Journal of Geosciences

, Volume 111, Issue 3, pp 549–560 | Cite as

Late glacial and Holocene Ostracoda from the Melilla cold-water coral mound field

  • Claudius M. Pirkenseer
  • Silvia Spezzaferri
  • Claudio Stalder
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Abstract

The ostracod assemblages from sediment core TTR17-401G recovered from the Melilla cold-water coral mound field in the eastern Alboran Sea spanning the last 13 ka are analysed quantitatively, taxonomically and palaeoecologically. The core can be subdivided in three distinct assemblages linked to environmental shifts during the Younger Dryas and the Bølling–Allerød interstadial. A total of 9 ostracod species is recorded, Paracypris polita is dominant throughout the core. Common accessory taxa Cytherella robusta, Echinocythereis vidua and Macromckenziea ligustica characterize the well-oxygenated ostracod assemblage 2 affected by the Younger Dryas. Favourable growth conditions for ostracods during the latter are indicated by large-sized Krithe praetexta specimens.

Keywords

Palaeoecology Assemblage development Hypoxia Paracypris polita Krithe praetexta Systematic palaeontology 

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Acknowledgements

We thank the captain and crew of research vessel “Professor Logatchev” for their valuable help onboard. Two anonymous reviewers are acknowledged for their detailed comments and valuable suggestions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudius M. Pirkenseer
    • 1
  • Silvia Spezzaferri
    • 1
  • Claudio Stalder
    • 2
  1. 1.Section Geology and PalaeontologyUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  2. 2.Federal Office of Public Health FOPHBernSwitzerland

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