Otoliths in situ from Sarmatian (Middle Miocene) fishes of the Paratethys. Part I: Atherina suchovi Switchenska, 1973

Research paper by Werner Schwarzhans, Giorgio Carnevale, Alexandre F. Bannikov, Sanja Japundžić, Katarina Bradić

Indexed on: 09 Mar '16Published on: 18 Jan '16Published in: Swiss Journal of Palaeontology


Several well-preserved otoliths were extracted from four slabs containing fish specimens of Atherina suchovi. Atherina suchovi is one of the five Atherina species recorded from the Middle Miocene of the Central and Eastern Paratethys established on articulated skeletal remains. This corresponds to two otolith-based species so far identified from the same time interval in the Paratethys—Atherina austriaca and Atherina gidjakensis. Our correlation of isolated otoliths and otolith in situ documents in this case that A. suchovi is not synonymous to any of the otolith-based species, although it appears to be closely related to A. gidjakensis. A list is presented and briefly discussed showing Sarmatian skeleton-based fish records from the Central and Eastern Paratethys with an overview of known and currently studied fishes with otoliths in situ.