Discoaster brouweri-like preservational morphotypes

Classification: Coccolithophores -> Discoasterales -> Discoasteraceae -> Discoaster -> D. brouweri group -> Discoaster brouweri-like preservational morphotypes
Sister taxa: D. triradiatus, D. tamalis, D. asymmetricus, D. brouweri, D. altus, D. calcaris, D. braarudii, D. neorectus, D. dennei, D. formosus, D. pliostellulus, D. brouweri-like preservational morphotypes,


Citation: Discoaster aster, and other preservational species of discoaster
Rank: informal
Variants: Throughout the Neogene, discoasters can be found with blunt ray terminations, but otherwise similar morphology to co-occurring well-formed discoasters. The blunt ray-tip specimens have probably been produced both by diagenetic alteration and by original growth variation. Various species have been described to include these specimens including: These species have no real value and it is more sensible to assign these specimens to an explicit category such as “unidentifiable 6-rayed discoaster”.
NB Of these D. adamanteus is a relatively widely used name, appied to short rayed discoasters which have been heavily overgrown so that they show crystallographic calcite faces on most surfaces.
Discoaster braarudii is a suitable name for flat 6-rayed discoasters without bifurcations.
Similar Palaeogene taxa

Distinguishing features: poorly preserved 6-rayed discoasters without bifurcations

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Discoaster adamanteus * , Discoaster andamanensis * , Discoaster argutus * , Discoaster aster * , Discoaster capricornensis * , Discoaster chambrayensis * , Discoaster formosus * , Discoaster gillii * , Discoaster intercalaris * , Discoaster lautus * , Discoaster minutus * , Discoaster obtusus * , Discoaster plebeius * , Discoaster raoi * , Discoaster rhomboida * , Discoaster rufus * , Discoaster rugosus * , Discoaster stella * , Discoaster stella discula * , Discoaster stellulus * , Discoaster tokerae * , Discoaster toralus * , Discoaster zammitmaempeli * , Discoaster crassus * , Discoaster geometricus * , Discoaster incomptus * , Discoaster levini * , Discoaster lingfengensis * , Discoaster triangularis *

Search data:
TagsLITHS: nannolith-radiate, star-shaped,
CSPH: not known, V-UNITS: all, V-prominent, R-UNITS: none, DETAILS: 1ou,
MetricsLith size: 0->0µm; Segments: 6->6;
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within NN18 zone (1.93-2.39Ma, top in Gelasian stage). Data source: Young 1998
First occurrence (base): within Neogene Period (2.59-23.03Ma, base in Aquitanian stage). Data source: rough estimate

Plot of occurrence data:

  • Histogram - Neptune occurrence data from DSDP and ODP proceedings. Pale shading <50 samples in time bin. Interpret with caution & read these notes
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  • Taxon plotted: Discoaster brouweri-like preservational morphotypes, synonyms included - Discoaster adamanteus; Discoaster adamentus; Discoaster aff. brouweri; Discoaster aff. calcaris; Discoaster andamanensis; Discoaster formosus; Discoaster intercalaris; Discoaster lingfengensis; Discoaster obtusus; Discoaster sp. cf. D. adamanteus; Discoaster sp. cf. D. brouweri; Discoaster sp. cf. D. calcaris; Discoaster sp. cf. D. neorectus; Discoaster sp. cf. intercalaris; Discoaster stellulus; Discoaster toralis; Discoaster toralus; Discoaster brouweri–like preservational morphotypes;
  • space-time plot :: Samples map :: Parent: D. brouweri group


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    Discoaster brouweri-like preservational morphotypes compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 4-7-2020

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