Classification: Coccolithophores -> Zygodiscales -> Zygodiscaceae -> Lophodolithus
Sister taxa: Lophodolithus, Neochiastozygus, Zygodiscus, Chiphragmalithus, Isthmolithus, Neococcolithes, Nannotetrina,

Daughter taxa: (blue => in age window 0-800Ma)
Large Lophodolithus with an asymmetric wing at one end and a distinctive angular ‘corner’ at the other end, where the rim side and end meet. Central area with disjunct, complex, tranverse bar.
Bilaterally symmetrical Lophodolithus without a bar
Large Lophodolithus with a broad, near-symmetric wing at one end and central area spanned by a disjunct tranverse bar. Rim is narrowly elliptical at the opposite end to the wing.
Strongly asymmetric Lophodolithus with proment wing and wide bar
Large, slightly asymmetric Lophodolithus with a narrow, asymmetric wing at one end; central area with disjunct tranverse bar.
Lophodolithus with kidney-shaped ouline.
Large to very large, broadly elliptical to subcircular Lophodolithus with a very broad (~half the length of the rim), near-symmetric wing at one end. No central area structures observed. Wing elements clearly visible in LM.
Specimens which cannot be assigned to any established species


Citation: Lophodolithus Deflandre in Deflandre and Fert, 1954
Rank: Genus
Type species: Lophodolithus mochlophorus Deflandre in Deflandre & Fert, 1954

Distinguishing features: Modified muroliths with high walls (higher at one end and forming an asymmetric flange) and wide central area usually spanned by a disjunct, complex tranverse bar.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Lophodolithus *

Search data:
TagsLITHS: murolith, asymmetric, elliptical, CA: ca_disjunct, bar, CROSS-POLARS: rim-bicyclic, V-prominent, R-prominent,
MetricsLith size: 8->23µm;
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Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): in lower part of Bartonian Stage (22% up, 40.4Ma, in Bartonian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database
First occurrence (base): near top of Selandian Stage (87% up, 59.5Ma, in Selandian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:


Deflandre, G. & Fert, C. (1954). Observations sur les coccolithophoridés actuels et fossiles en microscopie ordinaire et électronique. Annales de Paléontologie. 40: 115-176. gs

Perch-Nielsen, K. (1981b). New Maastrichtian and Paleocene calcareous nannofossils from Africa, Denmark, and USA and the Atlantic, and some Paleocene lineages. Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae. 74(3): 831-863. gs V O


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

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