Accumulations of fossils of the whale barnacle coronula bifida bronn, 1831 (Thoracica: Coronulidae) provides evidence of a late pliocene cetacean migration route through the straits of Taiwan

Buckeridge, J, Chan, B and Lee, S 2018, 'Accumulations of fossils of the whale barnacle coronula bifida bronn, 1831 (Thoracica: Coronulidae) provides evidence of a late pliocene cetacean migration route through the straits of Taiwan', Zoological Studies, vol. 57, pp. 1-12.


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Title Accumulations of fossils of the whale barnacle coronula bifida bronn, 1831 (Thoracica: Coronulidae) provides evidence of a late pliocene cetacean migration route through the straits of Taiwan
Author(s) Buckeridge, J
Chan, B
Lee, S
Year 2018
Journal name Zoological Studies
Volume number 57
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Academia Sinica * Research Center for Biodiversity
Abstract This paper describes a remarkably prolific accumulation of the whale barnacle Coronula bifida Bronn, 1831 in sediments of late Pliocene to earliest Pleistocene age from central Taiwan. Extant Coronula is host-specific to baleen whales; as such, this accumulation of Coronula fossils represents a site where cetaceans congregated during the Plio-Pleistocene-perhaps for breeding. Although whale bones are found at the site, they are rare and fragmentary; the relatively robust shells of Coronula are thus a useful proxy for establishing ancient cetacean migration routes.
Subject Palaeoecology
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Keyword(s) Coronula bifida
Fossil
Plio-Pleistocene
Taiwan
Whale barnacles
DOI - identifier 10.6620/ZS.2018.57-54
Copyright notice © 2018 Academia Sinica, Taiwan.
ISSN 1021-5506
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