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New Zealand Fossil Spores and Pollen Catalogue

Access here. This web-based catalogue presents an entry for each of the approximately 830 species of fossil spore or pollen from the New Zealand region that are recorded in the scientific literature.

The database has been compiled primarily as a reference tool for paleontologists engaged in biostratigraphic work in New Zealand pre-Pleistocene strata, and provides a snapshot of the present state of nomenclature for this group of fossils.

Taxa are arranged according to a morphological classification, to which there is a key in the introductory text. For each species, a detailed synonymy lists significant nomenclatural changes, all published records from New Zealand strata, some important illustrated records from elsewhere, and records which are regarded as misidentifications. The web pages are comprehensively illustrated with previously published images of New Zealand specimens, where possible reproduced from original photographs. Brief notes on natural phylogenetic relationships are also included.

Contact: Ian Raine