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Volume 26, issue 2
J. Micropalaeontol., 26, 97–101, 2007
https://doi.org/10.1144/jm.26.2.97
© Author(s) 2007. This work is distributed under
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J. Micropalaeontol., 26, 97–101, 2007
https://doi.org/10.1144/jm.26.2.97
© Author(s) 2007. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  01 Oct 2007

01 Oct 2007

Oculobairdoppilata gen. nov. (Ostracoda, Bairdiidae): a new genus from the Paleocene of Tunisia

Jimmy Van Itterbeeck1,2, Abdel-Mohsen M. Morsi3, David J. Horne4, and Robert P. Speijer1 Jimmy Van Itterbeeck et al.
  • 1Department of Geography and Geology, KULeuven, Redingenstraat 16, 3000 Leuven, Belgium (e-mail: , )
  • 2Current address: Shell International Exploration and Production, Kesslerpark 1, 2288GS Rijswijk, The Netherlands
  • 3Geology Department, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, 11566 Cairo, Egypt (e-mail: )
  • 4Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK and Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK (e-mail: )

Keywords: Paleocene, Tunisia, Ostracoda, Oculobairdoppilata, Tethys

Abstract. A new marine ostracod genus, Oculobairdoppilata, belonging to the family Bairdiidae, is described from Paleocene deposits in Tunisia. Its main characteristic is the occurrence of an eye tubercle in the anterodorsal part of the valves. Internally, small denticles and corresponding sockets are present at the terminal parts of the dorsal edge of the right and left valves, respectively. It is the first bairdiid with an external eye structure to be described, although the existence of such a genus was predicted previously.

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