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African Natural History

versão On-line ISSN 1816-8396

Afr. nat. history (Online) vol.4  Cape Town Jan. 2008

 

The first record of Agerostrea ungulata (von Schlotheim, 1813) (Bivalvia: Ostreoidea) from the upper Maastrichtian of KwaZulu, South Africa, with a discussion of its distribution in southeast Africa and Madagascar

 

 

Herbert Christian KlingerI; Nikolaus MalchusII

INatural History Collections Department, Iziko South African Museum, P.O. Box 61, Cape Town, 8000 South Africa. E-mail: hklinger@iziko.org.za. Department of Geological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch, 7701 South Africa
IIDept. de Geologia/Unitat Paleontologia, Universitat Autônoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Catalonia, Spain. E-mail: n.malchus@gmx.net

 

 


ABSTRACT

Recent (2005) excavations for expansions to the harbour at Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, yielded a single specimen of the ostreid Agerostrea ungulata (von Schlotheim, 1813). This is the first, and thus far only, record of this species from the Upper Maastrichtian of South Africa. Its distribution in southeast Africa and Madagascar is discussed.

Key words: Cretaceous, Maastrichtian, Ostreoidea, South Africa.


 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Klinger thanks the National Research Foundation, South Africa, for financial assistance. Lukas de Waal (Portnet), Elize Becker (AMAFA) and Albert van Jaarsveld assisted with access to the fossil locality.

 

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Received 2 July 2007
Accepted 14 December 2007

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