Mass Occurrence of Hokkaidoconchid Gastropods in the Upper Jurassic Methane Seep Carbonate from Alexander Island, Antarctica

Kaim, Andrzej and Kelly, Simon R.A. (2009) Mass Occurrence of Hokkaidoconchid Gastropods in the Upper Jurassic Methane Seep Carbonate from Alexander Island, Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 21 (03). pp. 279-284. DOI 10.1017/S0954102009001813

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Abstract

The Tithonian (Upper Jurassic) methane seep carbonate of the Gateway Pass Limestone Bed (Alexander Island, Antarctica) yields enormous numbers of the minute gastropod mollusc, Hokkaidoconcha hignalli sp. nov. together with an unidentified limpet gastropod and occasional protobranch and lucinid bivalves. This assemblage constitutes one of the most abundant (by means of the specimen number) records of Jurassic chemosynthesis-based communities. The gastropod family Hokkaidoconchidae is extremely common in Cretaceous hydrocarbon seep carbonates from Japan and is known also from Upper Jurassic/Cretaceous hydrocarbon seep carbonates in California. It is an extinct family closely related to modern seep and vent dwelling Provannidae. This is the first confirmed record of this family in the Southern Hemisphere, indicating its surprisingly early and widespread distribution reaching high latitudes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 09AREP;
Subjects: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Divisions: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Journal or Publication Title: Antarctic Science
Volume: 21
Page Range: pp. 279-284
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0954102009001813
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2010 22:03
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:56
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/1340

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