Gephyrocapsa ericsonii

Classification: Coccolithophores -> Isochrysidales -> Noelaerhabdaceae -> Gephyrocapsa -> Gephyrocapsa ericsonii
Sister taxa: G. oceanica, G. muellerae, G. ornata, G. ericsonii, G. sp elevated bridge, G. caribbeanica, G. omega, G. lumina, G. small, G. sp.,

Daughter taxa: (blue => in age window 0-800Ma)
distal shield without slits
distal shield with slits between the elements
distal shield with slits between the elements and bridge only half-formed
distal shield with slits between the elements and additional spine or spines


Citation: Gephyrocapsa ericsonii (McIntyre & Bé, 1967)
Rank: Species
Basionym: Gephyrocapsa ericsonii McIntyre & Bé, 1967
Notes & discussion: In the fossil record Gephyrocapsa specimens <3µm long are usually simply identified as "small Gephyrocapsa"

Distinguishing features: Very small species of Gephyrocapsa; bridge at high to intermediate angle to short axis; wide central area, thin bridge.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Gephyrocapsa ericsonii * , Gephyrocapsa crassipons * , Gephyrocapsa undulatus *

Size: Coccospheres, 3 to 5 µm; coccoliths, 1.4 to 2.3 µm long.

Cultures: strains of this species are maintained in culture, for details see Roscoff culture collection.

See also: Gephyrocapsa small ;

Search data:
TagsLITHS: placolith, elliptical, CA: bridge, bridge-diagonal, grill, bar,
CSPH: spherical, equant, monomorphic, V-UNITS: none, R-UNITS: all, c-str, distal shield, prox shield, tube, R-prominent, DETAILS: ca_conjunct, isogyres kinked, isogyres oblique, rim-unicyclic,
MetricsLith size: 1.5->2.3µm; Coccosphere size: 3->4µm; Liths per sphere: 12->21
Sources: RCC
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 Middle Pleistocene Sub-Epoch (0.13-0.78Ma, base in Ionian stage). Data source: [JRY 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
  • Note to users in China - the diagram may not plot unless you use a VPN since I use google services on the website. If this is a problem please contact me 谢谢.
  • Taxon plotted: Gephyrocapsa ericsonii, synonyms included - Gephyrocapsa ericsonia; Gephyrocapsa ericsonii;
  • space-time plot :: Samples map :: Parent: Gephyrocapsa


    Lecal, J. (1967). Le nannoplancton des Côtes d'Israel. Hydrobiologia, Acta Hydrobiologica Limnologica et Protistologica. 29: 305-387. gs :: ::

    McIntyre, A. & Bé, A. W. H. (1967). Modern Coccolithophoridae of the Atlantic Ocean - I. Placoliths and Cyrtholiths. Deep-Sea Research and Oceanographic Abstracts. 14: 561-597. gs :: ::

    Okada, H. & McIntyre, A. (1977). Modern coccolithophores of the Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans. Micropaleontology. 23(1): 1-55. gs :: ::


    Gephyrocapsa ericsonii compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 8-7-2020

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