Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Angeletti L., Taviani M. Entrapment, preservation and incipient fossilization of benthic predatory molluscs within deep-water coral frames in the Mediterranean Sea. Geobios - Elsevier. Preprint, 2011.
Holocene Madrepora-Lophelia subfossil frames recovered at ca. 690 m from deep-water coral grounds south of Malta (Strait of Sicily, Central Mediterranean Sea) were found to entrap shells of cnidarian predatory gastropods such as Babelomurex sentix, "Coralliophila" squamosa (morphotype ruderatus) and architectonicids. This finding documents the capability of deep water coral reefs to serve as taphonomic traps eventually promoting the preservation of rare components of their original biota.
DOI: 10.1016/j.geobios.2011.02.004
Subject Deep-water corals
Mediterranean Sea

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