Arkhangelskiella specillata

Classification: Mesozoic -> Arkhangelskiales -> Arkhangelskiellaceae -> Arkhangelskiella -> Arkhangelskiella specillata
Sister taxa: A. confusa, A. cymbiformis, A. maastrichtiensis, A. paucipunctata, A. specillata, A. sp.,

Distinguishing features: Like A. cymbiformis but with >5 perforations per quadrant (Verbeek 1977)


Citation: Arkhangelskiella specillata Vekshina, 1959
Rank: Species
Variants: Arkhangelskiella specillata ethmopora Bukry, 1969 / Arkhangelskiella ethmopora (Bukry) Cepek and Hay, 1969 - differs from A. specillata in presence of grills in the pores. However, Verbeek (1977) regarded presence/absence of grills as a preservational feature and so regarded the two varieties as synonyms.
Notes & discussion: The division of Arkhangelskiella into forms with <=5 perforations per quadrant (A cymbiformis) vs >5 perforations per quadrant (A. specillata) is broadly followed by e.g. Perch-Nielsen (1985 figs. 15 & 17). However, the Varol (1989) & Burnett (1997) scheme of using size and rim width is more widely used, on this basis A. specillata is a variant/junior synonym of A. cymbiformis.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Arkhangelskiella specillata * , Arkhangelskiella specillata ethmopora *

Distinguishing features: Like A. cymbiformis but with >5 perforations per quadrant (Verbeek 1977)

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within Maastrichtian Stage (66.04-72.05Ma, top in Maastrichtian stage). Data source: Verbeek 1977
First occurrence (base): within Campanian Stage (72.05-83.64Ma, base in Campanian stage). Data source: Verbeek 1977

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: Arkhangelskiella specillata, synonyms included - Arkhangelskiella specillata;
  • space-time plot :: Samples map :: Parent: Arkhangelskiella


    Bukry, D. (1969). Upper Cretaceous coccoliths from Texas and Europe. The University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions. Article 51 (Protista 2): 1-79. gs

    Cepek, P. & Hay, W. W. (1969). Calcareous nannoplankton and biostratigraphic subdivision of the Upper Cretaceous. Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. 19: 323-336. gs

    Pospichal, J. J. & Wise, S. W. (1990b). Maestrichtian calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy of Maud Rise ODP leg 113 sites 689 and 690, Weddell Sea. Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program. Scientific Results. 113: 465-487. gs

    Self-Trail, J. (1999). Some new and rarely documented Late Cretaceous calcareous nannofossils from subsurface sediments in South Carolina. Journal of Paleontology. 73(5): 952-963. gs

    Vekshina, V. N. (1959). Coccolithophoridae of the Maastrichtian deposits of the West Siberian lowlands. Siberian Science Research Institute of Geology Geophysics Mineralogy and Raw Materials. 2: 56-81. gs

    Verbeek, J. W. (1977). Calcareous nannoplankton biostratigraphy of Middle and Upper Cretaceous deposits in Tunisia, southern Spain and France. Utrecht Micropaleontological Bulletin. 16: 1-157. gs


    Arkhangelskiella specillata compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 12-11-2019

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