Anthosphaera lafourcadii

Classification: Coccolithophores -> Holococcoliths -> tubeless -> Anthosphaera -> Anthosphaera lafourcadii
Sister taxa: S. marginiporata HOL, S. molischii HOL, A. lafourcadii, A. origami, A. periperforata, A. sp. type C, A. sp.


Citation: Anthosphaera lafourcadii (Lecal 1967) Kleijne, 1991
Rank: Species
Basionym: Helladosphaera lafourcadii Lecal 1967
Taxonomic discussion: Lecal (1967) refered to this species variously as Helladosphaera lafourcadiiHelladosphaera (Cyclohelladosphaera) lafourcadii and Cyclohelladosphaera lafourcadii

Distinguishing features: Like S. molischii HOL but BCs small, with irregular crystallites, CFC with low arch

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: H. lafourcadii *

Morphology: Like A. fragaria, but BCs smaller (ca. 1 µm), and with less regular crystallites, ring of pores more consistently present, rim narrower; CFCs with low process (<1 µm), not extended into leaf.

Search data:
TagsLITHS: holococcolith, elliptical, cylindrical, hollow, CA: pores, closed,
CSPH: equant, elongated, CFC,
MetricsLith size: 0.8->1.1µm; Coccosphere size: 4->5µm; Liths per sphere: 60->80
Data source notes: morphom data from Cros & Fortuño (2002) & Kleijne 1991
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:


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

Kleijne, A. (1991). Holococcolithophorids from the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean. Marine Micropaleontology. 17: 1-76. gs

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

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


Anthosphaera lafourcadii compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 24-10-2020

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