Early ordovician conodonts from far western New South Wales, Australia

Yong-yi Zhen, Ian G. Percival, Barry D. Webby

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    Abstract

    Thirty species (representing 19 genera) of Early Ordovician conodonts are described and iIlustrated from Mount Arrowsmith and Koonenbeny Gap in the northwestern part of New South Wales One new genus, Cooperignathul, and the new species Oepikodul pincallyensil, are established, Acodul sp cf. emanuelensis predominates in 35 samples from the Tabita Formation and upper beds of the underlying Yandaminta Quartzite at Mount Arrowsmith, associated with ramiforrn and pectiniform taxa including species of Cooperignathus, Prioniodul, Oepikodul, Erraticodon, and Baltoniodul The Koonenbeny Gap fauna is dominated by coniform species, particularly Protopanderodul nogamii, P. gradatus, and Scolopodus multicostatus. Both faunas span an age range from latest Bendigonian to Chewtonian (evae Zone); their compositional differences are probably related to slight variations in water depths and depositional environments, Species endemic to the shallow water Australian cratonic region, represented by Bergstroemognathus kirki, Triangulodus larapintinensis, Acodus sp. cf. emanuelensis and Prioniodus sp. cf. amadeus, support a correlation with Early Ordovician faunas of central and western Australia, particularly those from the lower Horn Valley Siltstone of the Amadeus Basin, Biogeographically significant species in the western New South Wales faunas include Cooperignathu, nyinti, C. aranda and Scolopodus multicostatus, which provide linkages with counterparts in North America and South China Cosmopolitan elements in the documented collections are represented by Cornuodus longibasis, Drepanoistodus basiovalis, and Scolopodus quadratus. Only one species, Scalpellodus latus, from Mount Arrowsmith appears to be otherwise confined to Baltoscandia (northern Europe).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)169-220
    Number of pages52
    JournalRecords of the Australian Museum
    Volume55
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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