A small fauna of three species of non-marine cypridacean Ostracoda has been recovered from the Basgo Formation of the Ladakh Molasse in the North Western Himalaya, India. All three species are new and are described herein. They are: Dongyingia sannionis sp. nov., Candona himalaica sp. nov. and Eucypris alpina sp. nov. Previous palaeontological data from the Basgo Formation, although embracing a number of vertebrate and invertebrate groups and also charophytes, have been rather poor and have not allowed anything other than a somewhat conjectural age determination. However, the genus Dongyingia is only known elsewhere from the Upper Oligocene of China, where it is an abundant and characteristic component of non-marine sequences. The overall excellent preservation of the Ostracoda in this study militates against their having been derived and, thus, provides good evidence for a Late Oligocene age for the Basgo Formation.
SB and GVRP gratefully acknowledge the research grants provided by the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India (Sanction No. ESS/CA/A9–51/97). Part of this work was carried out during SB's visit to the UK under the International Exchange Programme of the Indian National Science Academy (New Delhi). We also wish to acknowledge the facilities made available by The Natural History Museum, London, including the digitization of the plate, which was undertaken by Mrs Pat Hart (of the Photo Unit) from original photography by one of us (JEW). The paper has also benefited from the comments of two anonymous referees.
- Received August 15, 2002.
- Accepted May 19, 2003.
- © 2004 The Micropalaeontological Society