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Microproblematic organisms from the Norian–Rhaetian reefal carbonates of Saklıkent, Taurus Mountains, southern Turkey

  • Baba Senowbari-DaryanEmail author
  • Michael LinkEmail author
Original Article


Microscopic organisms with uncertain systematic affinity are referred to in the paleontological literature as microproblematica. Notwithstanding their cryptic biology, some are valuable index fossils for the facies analysis of reefal carbonates. Within reefal carbonates exposed near the town of Saklıkent, Taurus Mountains, southern Turkey, many microproblematic organisms were found in thin-sections. All of these organisms are known from similar Norian–Rhaetian carbonates from other localities of the Tethys. They are briefly described here and their occurrence, abundance, and stratigraphic range, and their importance as facies and index fossils, are discussed, as well as their original interpretation. Some of these microproblematica are described for the first time from the Norian–Rhaetian interval of Turkey. A list of all known Triassic microproblematica, formal and informal taxa, is given as an appendix.


Microproblematica Norian Rhaetian Reefal facies Saklıkent Taurus Mountains Turkey 



Investigations were carried out within the research project “Obertriadische Riff-Faunen in Südanatolien Se416/11”, supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) to B. Senowbari-Daryan. Wolfgang Kießling, Chair for Palaeobiology at the Section Palaeoenvironmental Research, University Erlangen-Nuernberg is thanked for his interest and for providing research facilities. Andreas Anders-Wilkens (Polsingen) and Evl Anders (Augsburg) are gratefully acknowledged for the correction of the English text. Antonietta Cherchi (Cagliari, Italy) and a second anonymous colleague as journal reviewers are gratefully acknowledged for their constructive comments and valuable hints. We thank the Editor-in-Chief, Maurice E. Tucker (Durham, UK) for carefully reviewing the manuscript and helpful advice.


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  1. 1.Section Palaeobiology, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Geozentrum NordbayernFriedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)ErlangenGermany

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