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Late Cretaceous Ostracoda in the Shiranish Formation Dokan Area, Kurdistan Region-NE Iraq


Zardasht Ahmed Taha1 

1 Department of geology, College of Science, University of Sulaimani, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region- Iraq

Original: 3 November 2019       Revised: 26 January 2019      Accepted: 30 January 2020         Published online: 20 June 2020  

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Ostracods are described for the first time from Late Cretaceous (Late Campanian - Maastrichtian) deep marine sediments of the Shiranish Formation of Dokan area. They were collected using a new technique for releasing ostracod shells from a bluish white marl and marly limeston (hemipelagite). Twenty- two ostracod species are identified, belonging to the genera Bythocypris, Cytherella, Cypridopsis, Eucypris, Krithe, Mongolianella, Paracypris, Paracypretta, Parakrithe and Xestoleberis. Only eight ostarcods species belonging to ten genera are systematically described as detail. The ostracod fauna supports a Late Cretaceous (Late Campanian- Early Maastrichtia) age for the Shiranish Formation of Dokan area.

Key Words: Ostracods, Late Cretaceous (Late Campanian- Early Maastrichian), Shiranish Formation, Dokan area, Kurdistan region, Northeastern Iraq.


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