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Organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts from the Upper Cretaceous-lower Paleocene succession in the western External Rif, Morocco: New species and new biostratigraphic results
Guede, K.; Slimani, H.; Louwye, S.; Asebriy, L.; Toufiq, A.; Ahmamou, M.; El Hassani, I.; Digbehi, Z. (2014). Organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts from the Upper Cretaceous-lower Paleocene succession in the western External Rif, Morocco: New species and new biostratigraphic results. Géobios 47(5): 291-304. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geobios.2014.06.006
In: Géobios. Association Européenne de Paléontologie: Lyon. ISSN 0016-6995, more
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Author keywords
    Dinalagellate cysts; Taxonomy; Biostratigraphy; Upper Cretaceous; LowerPaleocene; Morocco

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  • Guede, K.
  • Slimani, H.
  • Louwye, S., more
  • Asebriy, L.
  • Toufiq, A.
  • Ahmamou, M.
  • El Hassani, I.
  • Digbehi, Z.

Abstract
    Palynological investigation of the Upper Cretaceous–lower Paleocene succession from the Tahar section near Arba Ayacha in northwestern Morocco (westernmost External Rif Chain) reveals the presence of rich, diverse and well-preserved dinoflagellate cyst assemblages. For the first time in the study region, biostratigraphic interpretations based on the dinoflagellate cyst assemblages from the studied interval allow the recognition of the upper Maastrichtian and Danian. Relevant upper Maastrichtian–Danian global dinoflagellate cyst events include: the First Appearance Datum of the upper Maastrichtian species Disphaerogena carposphaeropsis, Glaphyrocysta perforata, and Manumiella seelandica; the Last Appearance Datum of the Cretaceous taxa Dinogymnium spp., Isabelidinium cooksoniae, and Pterodinium cretaceum; and the First Appearance Datum of the earliest Danian markers Carpatella cornuta, Damassadinium californicum, Membranilarnacia? tenella, and Senoniasphaera inornata. We formally describe the biostratigraphical range and potential of two new dinoflagellate cyst species, namely Nematosphaeropsis silsila Guédé and Slimani nov. sp., and Pterodinium ayachensis Guédé and Slimani nov. sp. Both species are found in the westernmost External Rif Chain and are restricted to the upper Maastrichtian.

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