In this paper the ostracod assemblages recovered from several brackish Late Miocene Italian deposits have been analysed from a palaeobiogeographical perspective. During late Tortonian-early Messinian it is possible to recognize in Italy rich ostracod assemblages characterized by a wide contingent of taxa with central European or Mediterranean affinity, while only few brackish and freshwater ostracods show Paratethyan affinity. The recognized composition of the ostracod assemblages matches the palaeogeographic setting of the palaeo- Mediterranean/Paratethys at that moment. In fact during late Tortonian-early Messinian the palaeo-Mediterranean and Paratethysian domains were divided and, even if the connection via the present Marmara Sea-Strimon Basin was still open, the different salinity between them represented an ecological barrier, preventing faunal exchanges. Since normal aquatic migration was impossible, it must be assumed that the Paratethyan-like taxa entered the palaeo-Mediterranean area via passive dispersal by aquatic birds. On the contrary, the ostracod assemblages from the Italian Lago-Mare deposits show the absolute predominance of Paratethyan taxa, which, according to the known palaeogeographic setting during the late Messinian Lago-Mare event, could actively migrate from the Paratethys domain, colonizing the palaeo-Mediterranean, whose endemic fauna was severely impoverished by the Messinian salinity crisis and the following water dilution.
GLIOZZI E, CECI M.E, GROSSI F, & LIGIOS, S. (2007). Parathethyan ostracod immigrants in Italy during Late Miocene. GEOBIOS, 40, 325-337.
|Titolo:||Parathethyan ostracod immigrants in Italy during Late Miocene|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Citazione:||GLIOZZI E, CECI M.E, GROSSI F, & LIGIOS, S. (2007). Parathethyan ostracod immigrants in Italy during Late Miocene. GEOBIOS, 40, 325-337.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|