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Early Miocene mollusc and fish biodiversity at the Proto-Mediterranean–Paratethys marine corridor

Efterpi Koskeridou, Konstantina Agiadi, and Danae Thivaiou
Efterpi Koskeridou et al.
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, Dept. of Historical Geology& Paleontology, Athens, Greece (

Marine biodiversity is controlled by depth, climate, and ocean connectivity. The early Miocene marine fauna of the proto-Mediterranean is particularly important because this is the time when the connection with the Indo-Pacific realm was disrupted , and the marine biodiversity hotspot shifted toward the southeast, marking the onset of a subtropical gradually oligotrophic regime in the proto-Mediterranean Sea. The Mesohellenic basin in particular, at the northern part of the proto-Mediterranean, was located at the intersection with the Paratethys epicontinental sea. Therefore, the fauna in this area was influenced by the conditions in both basins. In this study, we present the mollusc and fish fauna of the Aquitanian Mesohellenic basin and discuss its paleobiogeographic and evolutionary implications. Comparisons and assessment of faunal similarities of the proto-Mediterranean and adjacent provinces is carried out using ordination methods to treat available data from relevant publications and the Paleobiology Database (PBDB).

This research has been co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Social Fund- ESF) through the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning 2014–2020” in the context of the project “Mollusc and fish migrations in the dynamic environments of the early to middle Miocene in the Mediterranean” (MIS 5047960). 

How to cite: Koskeridou, E., Agiadi, K., and Thivaiou, D.: Early Miocene mollusc and fish biodiversity at the Proto-Mediterranean–Paratethys marine corridor, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-2593,, 2021.

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