Discoaster kugleri

Classification: Coccolithophores -> Discoasterales -> Discoasteraceae -> Discoaster -> D. deflandrei group -> Discoaster kugleri
Sister taxa: D. deflandrei, D. calculosus, D. salomonii, D. emblematicus, D. durioi, D. saundersi, D. nephados, D. leroyi, D. kugleri, D. hexapleuros, D. cuspidatus, D. druggii, D. shumnykii,


Citation: Discoaster kugleri Martini and Bramlette, 1963
Rank: Species
Variants: de Kaenel et al. (2017) suggests restricting D. kugleri to forms with short rays and to remove less typical forms  into two new species D. hexapleuros and D. cuspidatus. 
Notes & discussion: This is a Middle Miocene species but it appears to evolve directly from D. deflandrei rather than D. exilis, intermediate specimens occur.

Distinguishing features: Central-area wide and flat. Free rays short, with notched ends rather than true bifurcations; often thicker than the central area.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Discoaster kugleri * , ,

Morphology remarks: Central-area wide and flat. Free rays short, with notched ends rather than true bifurcations; often thicker than the central area.

Search data:
TagsLITHS: nannolith-radiate, star-shaped, RIM: tips-bifurcate, free-rays-short,
CSPH: not known, V-UNITS: all, R-UNITS: none, DETAILS: 1ou,
MetricsLith size: 9->16µm; Segments: 6->6;
Sources: size from ODs & illustrated specs
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Notes: NN7 (zonal marker), usually co-occurs with D. exilis and D. deflandrei and only forms small percentage of the discoaster assemblage.
Last occurrence (top): within NN7 zone (10.89-11.90Ma, top in Tortonian stage). Data source: Young 1998
First occurrence (base): at base of NN7 zone (0% up, 11.9Ma, in Serravallian stage). Data source: zonal marker (see e.g. Young 1998)

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: Discoaster kugleri, synonyms included - Discoaster kugleri; space-time plot :: Samples map :: Parent: D. deflandrei group


    Martini, E. & Bramlette, M. N. (1963). Calcareous nannoplankton from the experimental Mohole drilling. Journal of Paleontology. 37: 845-855. gs

    Young, J. R. (1998). Neogene. In, Bown, P. R. (ed.) Calcareous Nannofossil Biostratigraphy. British Micropalaeontological Society Publication Series. 225-265. gs


    Discoaster kugleri compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 16-7-2019

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