Lithastrinus septenarius

Classification: Mesozoic -> Braarudosphaerales -> Polycyclolithaceae -> Lithastrinus -> Lithastrinus septenarius
Sister taxa: L. quadricuspis, L. pentabrachius, L. grillii, L. septenarius, L. sp.,

Distinguishing features: Lithastrinus with seven narrow, curving wall-elements surrounding a narrow central area.


Citation: Lithastrinus septenarius Forchheimer, 1972
Rank: Species
Notes & discussion: Varol (1992) used the name Lithastrinus moratus for this morphotype

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: L. septenarius *

Distinguishing features: Lithastrinus with seven narrow, curving wall-elements surrounding a narrow central area.

Search data:
Tagsnannolith-radiate, star-shaped, CA: closed,
MetricsLith size: 5->10µm; Segments: 7->7;
Data source notes: original description & illustrated specimens
Sources: original description & illustrated specimens
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): at top of UC11c subzone (100% up, 85.6Ma, in Santonian stage). Data source: Burnett 1998 (zonal marker)
First occurrence (base): at base of UC9a subzone (0% up, 91.8Ma, in Turonian stage). Data source: Burnett 1998 (zonal marker), fig.6.3

Plot of occurrence data:


Burnett, J. A. (1998). Upper Cretaceous. In, Bown, P. R. (ed.) Calcareous Nannofossil Biostratigraphy. British Micropalaeontological Society Publication Series. 132-199. gs V O

Forchheimer, S. (1972). Scanning electron microscope studies of Cretaceous coccoliths from the Köpingsberg Borehole No. 1, SE Sweden. Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning, Series C. #668, 65: 1-141. gs

Varol, O. (1992b). Taxonomic revision of the Polycyclolithaceae and its contribution to Cretaceous biostratigraphy. Newsletters on Stratigraphy. 27(93-127): -. gs

Watkins, D. K. (1992). Upper Cretaceous nannofossils from Leg 120, Kergeulen Plateau, Southern Ocean. Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results. 120: 343-370. gs V O


Lithastrinus septenarius compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 19-9-2020

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