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The genus Cittarium (Vetigastropoda: Trochoidea) in the Upper Miocene of the Dominican Republic with the description of a new species

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 November 2015

Bernard Landau
Affiliation:
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, P.O. Box 9517, NL-2300 RA Leiden, the Netherlands; Instituto Dom Luiz da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal and International Health Centres, Av. Infante de Henrique 7, Areias São João, P-8200-261 Albufeira, Portugal 〈bernielandau@sapo.pt〉
Gijs C. Kronenberg
Affiliation:
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, P.O. Box 9517, NL-2300 RA Leiden, the Netherlands 〈gijs.kronenberg@ncbnaturalis.nl〉
Carlos M. da Silva
Affiliation:
Departamento de Geologia e Instituto Dom Luiz, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal 〈paleo.carlos@fc.ul.pt〉

Abstract

Today, the marine gastropod genus Cittarium is present only in the West Indies faunas, represented by a single species C. pica, also known from the Pleistocene of Bermuda. Herein Cittarium praepica n. sp. is described from the Upper Miocene Cercado Formation of the Dominican Republic. This is the oldest fossil record for the genus in the eastern Tropical America. The new species is compared to the Pleistocene to Recent Caribbean C. pica and to C. maestratii Lozouet, 2002 of the Upper Oligocene of France. The importance of this new record for the geological history and the biogeography of the genus are discussed.

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