Original paper

Pliocene and Pleistocene planktonic Foraminifera from Santa Maria di Catanzaro, southern Italy

Gradstein, P.M.


Seventeen species of planctonic foraminifers are described from Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene (Calabrian) rocks cropping out near Santa Maria di Catanzaro, southern Italy. In the temperate water-mass assemblage of the Calabrian fauna, Globorotalia tosaensis is absent and left-coiling Globorotalia truncatulinoides is rare. Several Pliocene species, including Globorotalia margaritae, have been reworked into the Calabrian deposits. The fauna is compared with that from the type Sicilian and observations are made about Early Pleistocene biostratigraphy in southern Italy.