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African Natural History

versión On-line ISSN 2305-7963
versión impresa ISSN 1816-8396

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

 

Cretaceous faunas from Zululand and Natal, South Africa. The ammonite family Forbesiceratidae Wright, 1952

 

 

William James KennedyI; Herbert Christian KlingerII

IOxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW, U.K. E-mail: jim.kennedy@oum.ox.ac.uk
IINatural History Collections Department, Iziko South African Museum, P.O. Box 61, Cape Town, 8000 South Africa, E-mail: hklinger@iziko.org.za

 

 


ABSTRACT

Members of the cosmopolitan Cenomanian ammonite family Forbesiceratidae were already recorded from KwaZulu by G.C. Crick in 1907. Since that time, six additional specimens have been found. The species present are: F. largilliertianum (d'Orbigny, 1841), F. beaumontianum (d'Orbigny, 1841), F. chevillei (Pictet & Renevier, 1866) (of which F. sculptum Crick, 1907, and F. nodosum Crick, 1907, are synonyms); F. cf. subobtectum (Stoliczka, 1864), and Forbesiceras sp. An annotated list of described species of Forbesiceras is provided, as are figures of key species from Madagascar, including the type material of Neopulchellia Collignon, 1929, a subjective synonym of Forbesiceras.

Keywords: ammonites, Forbesiceratidae, Cretaceous, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Kennedy thanks the staff of the Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford, and the University Museum of Natural History, Oxford, for technical support. The financial assistance of the Strakosh Bequest and the Oppenheimer Fund (Oxford) is acknowledged. Lorna Steel (The Natural History Museum, London) provided access to specimens in her care. The originals of Plate 1 were supplied by the photographic unit of the Natural History Museum, London. Klinger thanks the NRF (South Africa) for financial assistance.

 

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Received 29 July 2008
Accepted 8 September 2008

 

 

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