Calciosolenia corsellii

Classification: Coccolithophores -> Syracosphaerales -> Calciosoleniaceae -> Calciosolenia -> Calciosolenia corsellii
Sister taxa: C. alternans, C. aperta, C. brasiliensis, C. corsellii, C. murrayi, C. sp.,


Citation: Calciosolenia corsellii Malinverno, 2004
Rank: Species
Notes & discussion: This species has probably often been included in C. brasiliensis

Distinguishing features: Coccosphere without spines, coccoliths 3-4µm long, with spurs at the ends

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Calciosolenia corsellii *

Morphology remarks: Coccosphere similar to C. brasiliensis but coccoliths more like those of C. murrayi in size (3-4µm long), number of laths, and in presence of spurs at the ends of the coccoliths.
For identification note that the liths usually are similar in size to an E. huxleyi coccolith and have separated laths.

Size: Liths 3-4µm long

Ecology & Biogeography: Described from the Mediterranean but also certainly occurs in the Atlantic (Young unpubl. obs.) and probably globally

Search data:
TagsLITHS: murolith, tubular, quadrate, RIM: outer wall non-imbricate, rim-narrow, spine(s), CA: grill,
CSPH: fusiform, tubular, monomorphic, varimorphic, V-UNITS: outer-rim, V-prominent, R-UNITS: inner-rim, R-prominent, T-UNITS: c-str, DETAILS: ca_disjunct, rim-bicyclic,
MetricsLith size: 3->4µm; Coccosphere size: 35->40µm;
Sources: csph & lith size from OD of Malinverno 2004
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 Quaternary Period (0.00-2.59Ma, base in Gelasian stage). Data source: [JRY rough estimate]

Plot of occurrence data:

  • (NB There is no histogram as there are no occurrence records for the taxon in the Neptune database) Parent: Calciosolenia


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

    Malinverno, E. (2004). Morphological variability within the genus Calciosolenia (coccolithophorids) from the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Micropaleontology. 50(supl. 1): 81-91. gs :: ::


    Calciosolenia corsellii compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 5-7-2020

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    Ines Galovic (Croatia)
    In our article smaller forms (fig. 15-16) are also presented with spurs which is a consequence of warm and oligotroph water. Larger specimens without spurs are more characreristic for transition (of climate, current mixing, water exchanges, flooding, more nearshore influences, seasonality...)
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