Temporal range: Ediacaran to Cambrian, about 558–535Ma
|A fossil of Saarina juliae|
|Family:||Saarinidae Sokolov, 1965|
|Genus:||Saarina Sokolov, 1965|
Fossils of the type species, S. tenera, were found in a core from the Gatchina №13 borehole in the Leningrad Region, Russia. The deposites with this fossil are referred to the Rovno Horizon, lowermost Cambrian (=Fortunian Stage)
S. juliae was found in core from the Gavrilov-Yam №5 borehole, Yaroslavl Region. The deposites with S. kirsanovi and S. juliae are referred to the Redkino Horizon, Upper Vendian (Ediacaran), and aged about 558 mya.
Saarina tubes were cylindrical form, conical at the base, consisting of funnel-shaped narrow rings. The wall of the tube was thin, originally organic-walled, not chitinous. The tubes up to a width of 7 mm.
The species of the Saarina are differed mainly in the form of funnels:
- S. tenera have a straight conical funnels.
- S. juliae have a conical funnels, curved outward.
- S. kirsanovi have a funnels curved inward.
- Gnilovskaya, M. B. (1996). "New saarinids from the Vendian of the Russian Platform". Dokl. Ross. Akad. Nauk 348: 89–93.