Solisphaera galbula

Classification: Coccolithophores -> Syracosphaerales -> Rhabdosphaeraceae -> Solisphaera -> Solisphaera galbula
Sister taxa: S. blagnacensis, S. emidasia, S. helianthiformis, S. galbula, S. turbinella, S. tegula, S. palmula, C. miocaenica, D. moori, S. sp.,


Citation: Solisphaera galbula Kahn & Aubry, in Aubry & Kahn, 2007
Rank: Species

Distinguishing features: dBCs with cylindrical protrusions not ending in papilla; CCs with low hump-backed protrusion; pBCs with ridged protrusion

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: S. galbula *

Morphology remarks:
  1. domal-side body coccoliths - circular with tower-like protrusion not ending in papilla
  2. coronal coccoliths - elliptical with hump-backed protrusion
  3. planar-side body coccoliths - long elliptical coccoliths with ridged protrusion

Ecology & Biogeography: deep photic

Search data:
TagsLITHS: planolith, elliptical, CA: ca_disjunct, process,
CSPH: equant, BC-dimorphic,
MetricsLith size: 1->1.5µm; Coccosphere size: 5->7µm;
Data source notes: lith size from OD; csph size from illustrated specs
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): Extant Data source: present in the plankton (Young et al. 2003)
First occurrence (base): within No known fossil record modern (0.00-0.00Ma, base in stage). Data source: [JRY rough estimate]

Plot of occurrence data:


Aubry, M. -P. & Kahn, A. (2007). New coccolithophores from the deep photic zone: Implications for evolutionary morphological convergence in the calcareous nannoplankton. Micropaleontology. 52(5): 411-431. gs

Cros, L. & Fortuño, J. -M. (2002). Atlas of northwestern Mediterranean coccolithophores. Scientia Marina. 66: 1-186. gs V O

Young, J. R., Geisen, M., Cros, L., Kleijne, A., Probert, I. & Ostergaard, J. B. (2003). A guide to extant coccolithophore taxonomy. Journal of Nannoplankton Research, Special Issue. 1: 1-132. gs V O


Solisphaera galbula compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 28-9-2020

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