Classification: Coccolithophores -> Braarudosphaerales -> Braarudosphaeraceae -> Hexadelus
Sister taxa: Braarudosphaera, Hexadelus, Micrantholithus, Pemma, Pentaster,

Daughter taxa: (blue => in age window 0-800Ma)
Hexagonal formed of 6 flat plates, each an eqiulateral triangle


Citation: Hexadelus Shamrock & Watkins (2012)
Rank: Genus
Type species: Hexadelus archus Shamrock & Watkins 2012

Distinguishing features: Thin nannoliths similar to Braarudosphaera but with 6 segments - usually occur as isolated segments

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Hexadelus

Morphology remarks: Isolated segments are equilateral triangles or wedge shaped, with 60° interior angles (vs. 72° for pentalith segments)

Evolution & Phylogeny: Tentatively placed in the Braarudosphaeraceae here as they appear similar to pentaliths except for 6 fold symmetry but good observations are not available on crystallographic orientation or substructure.

Search data:
TagsLITHS: nannolith-radiate, hexagonal,
CSPH: not known, T-UNITS: all,
MetricsLith size: 3->7┬Ám; Segments: 6->6;
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): in lower part of Rupelian Stage (17% up, 32.9Ma, in Rupelian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database
First occurrence (base): in lower part of Priabonian Stage (20% up, 37Ma, in Priabonian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:


Bown, P. R. & Dunkley Jones, T. (2006). New Paleogene calcareous nannofossil taxa from coastal Tanzania: Tanzania Drilling Project Sites 11 to 14. Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 28(1): 17-34. gs

Shamrock, J. L. & Watkins, D. K. (2012). Eocene calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy and community structure from Exmouth Plateau, Eastern Indian Ocean (ODP Site 762). Stratigraphy. 9(1): 1-11. gs


Hexadelus compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 18-1-2020

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