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1 June 2009 Discovery of Lower Permian Radiolarian and Conodont Faunas from the Bedded Chert of the Chanthaburi Area Along the Sra Kaeo Suture Zone, Eastern Thailand
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Lower Permian (Asselian to Sakmarian) radiolarians and conodonts are identified from the bedded chert of the Chanthaburi area along the Sra Kaeo Suture Zone in eastern Thailand. The radiolarian and conodont-bearing bedded chert including radiolarian species such as Parafollicucullus bulbosus, P. lomentarius, P. u-formus, Pseudoalbailella scalprata, and others is exposed as large-size exotic blocks within the Thung Kabin mélange. This radiolarian fauna further includes Triplanospongos musashiensis, Triaenosphaera minuta, Latentifistula texana, Latentibifistula asperspongiosa and others, which have previously been reported from the Middle to Upper Permian. Except for these Middle to Upper Permian species, this radiolarian fauna is quite similar to those from Japan, Oregon, South China, West Texas, Cis-Urals and Central and Northeastern Thailand. Asselian to Sakmarian conodont faunas represented by Streptognathodus constrictus which have been reported from the Southern Urals and South China, and several sponge spicules are also contained in this bedded chert. Occurrence of these Lower Permian conodonts is the first record from the Sra Kaeo Suture Zone. This radiolarian- and conodont-bearing bedded chert was probably deposited in the Palaeotethys /or Palaeotethyan back-arc basin which is thought to have been a pelagic environment at low latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere.

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Doungrutai Saesaengseerung, Sachiko Agematsu, KATSUO SASHIDA, and APSORN SARDSUD "Discovery of Lower Permian Radiolarian and Conodont Faunas from the Bedded Chert of the Chanthaburi Area Along the Sra Kaeo Suture Zone, Eastern Thailand," Paleontological Research 13(2), 119-138, (1 June 2009). https://doi.org/10.2517/1342-8144-13.2.119
Received: 26 May 2008; Accepted: 1 December 2008; Published: 1 June 2009
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