Tonnacypris glacialis (Ostracoda, Cyprididae): taxonomic position, (palaeo)ecology, and zoogeography

HI Griffiths*, E Pietrzeniuk, R Fuhrmann, JJ Lennon, K Martens, JG Evans

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The freshwater ostracod Tonnacypris glaciallis (Sars, 1890) is reported from the European Pleistocene for the first time. The historical allocation of the species is discussed, and the species composition and characteristics of Tonnacypris is Diebel & Pietrzeniuk (1975) and its phylozoogeography are considered. The significance of T. glacialis is reviewed, particularly from the viewpoint of the possible implications of parthenogenesis (and occasional-male production) for the Quaternary history of the genus, and for the use of the species in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. It is suggested that the Pleistocene fossil occurrence of I: glacialis in modern temperate latitudes is a robust indicator of mean summer temperatures of 6 degrees C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-526
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biogeography
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1998


  • Ostracoda
  • freshwater
  • Tonnacypris
  • Pleistocene
  • palaeotemperature
  • parthenogenesis
  • Europe

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