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1 June 2009 Neogene Mollusca from the Yunokogawa Formation in the Shimokita Peninsula, Northeast Japan
Takashi Matsubara
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A “Miocene” molluscan fauna of the Yunokogawa Formation is reexamined taxonomically and its paleobiogeographic implications are discussed. The fauna is composed of three species of Gastropoda and 18 species of Bivalvia. The new data indicate that the Yunokogawa molluscan fauna is not of Miocene age, but is referable to the Omma-Manganji Fauna of Pliocene—Early Pleistocene age. No warm-water species are included in the Yunokogawa molluscan fauna. This is probably because the fauna is older than ca. 3.5 Ma or because the influence of warm-water (the Paleo-Tsushima Current) in the Paleo-Tsugaru Strait was much weaker than today. The following taxa are described taxonomically: Fusitriton aff. oregonensis (Redfield), Anadara (Anadara) amicula amicula (Yokoyama), Chlamys (Leochlamys) foeda (Yokoyama), Thracia (Homoeodesma) kakumana (Yokoyama), Protocallithaca Nomura, 1937, and Protothaca (Protocallithaca) adamsii (Reeve).

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Takashi Matsubara "Neogene Mollusca from the Yunokogawa Formation in the Shimokita Peninsula, Northeast Japan," Paleontological Research 13(2), 173-192, (1 June 2009). https://doi.org/10.2517/1342-8144-13.2.173
Received: 20 July 2008; Accepted: 1 February 2009; Published: 1 June 2009
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