, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 469–482 | Cite as

New associations of Carnian gastropods from Mežica region in the Karavanke Mountains of Slovenia

  • Andrzej Kaim
  • Bogdan Jurkovšek
  • Tea Kolar-Jurkovšek
Original Article


Two gastropod assemblages from the Carnian (Upper Triassic) Raibl Beds of the Mežica region (Karavanke Mountains, Slovenia) are described. The almost monospecific, older assemblage from Mežica Mine was found as a thin shell pavement in the clastic sequence. This association apparently originated during a period of reduced sedimentation. The younger assemblage from Helena Creek was found at the upper surface of an oolitic and oncoidal limestone and represents a more diversified fauna of a crinoid/coelenterate/polychaete meadow. Together, both assemblages contain 11 gastropod species. Five of them are left in open nomenclature, two are known from other localities in the Alps, and the remaining four are new. The new species are Sloeudaronia karavankensis (Skeneidae), Helenostylina mezicaensis (Coelostylinidae), Ampezzopleura slovenica and Striazyga crnaensis (Zygopleuridae). Two new genera, Sloeudaronia (Skeneidae) and Helenostylina (Coelostylinidae), are described.


Mollusca Gastropoda Slovenia Karavanke Triassic Carnian 



The visit of A. Kaim to Ljubljana (Slovenia) in August 2004 was possible through the exchange programme of the Polish and Slovenian Academies of Sciences. The study of B. Jurkovšek and T. Kolar-Jurkovšek was financially supported by the Slovenian Research Agency (programme number P1-0011 and project number J1-6665). This is contribution to the IGCP-Project 467. The paper greatly benefited from a review by Alexander Nützel (Erlangen, Germany) who also helped in some old literature and read an early draft of this paper. The linguistic improvements of Daniel Hikuroa (Auckland, New Zealand) are highly appreciated


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrzej Kaim
    • 1
  • Bogdan Jurkovšek
    • 2
  • Tea Kolar-Jurkovšek
    • 2
  1. 1.Instytut PaleobiologiiPolska Akademia NaukWarszawaPoland
  2. 2.Geološki zavod SlovenijeLjubljanaSlovenia

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