INSTITUTO ARGENTINO DE NIVOLOGIA, GLACIOLOGIA Y CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Cretaceous cicatricose spores from north and central-western Argentina
NARVÁEZ, P.L; MEGO, N.; PRÁMPARO, M.B.
AMER ASSOC STRATIGRAPHIC PALYNOLOGISTS FOUNDATION
Lugar: Londres; Año: 2012 vol. 37 p. 1 - 1
Cicatricose spores have been described from Cretaceous basins worldwide. A complete revision of previous records from Argentina and other parts of South America is presented here, as well as the results of a detailed taxonomic study of the species found in the La Yesera and Lagarcito formations (north and central western Argentina, respectively). Four genera and eleven species are described: Cicatricosisporites cuneiformis, C. pramparoana, C. sp. 1, Fisciniasporites sp. cf. F. brevilaesuratus, F. sp., Nodosisporites sp., Ruffordiaspora australiensis, R. cardielensis, R. ludbrookiae, R. cf. R. ticoensis and R. sp. 1. The genus Fisciniasporites is recorded for the first time in Argentina (La Yesera Formation), and Nodosisporites in the San Luis Basin. The abundance of the cicatricose spores is higher in the La Yesera Formation (8-54.2 % of the total assemblage) than in the Lagarcito Formation (2-16 %). An acme of cicatricose spores diversity in Argentina was recognized during the Aptian-Albian interval. Taxonomic studies of these types of spores are very important as they constitute a useful contribution of accurate descriptions and illustrations within a morphologic group that has many misidentifications, and also considering the biostratigraphic significance of some species, e.g. Cicatricosisporites cuneiformis in Australia.