CATALOG - Kamptneriaceae

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Original descriptions of taxa. For coccolithophores, and many calcispheres, these are pages from the Catalog of Calcareous Nannofossils. In other cases (e.g. non-calcifying haptophytes) the data is directly compiled on this site. The "Catalogue of Calcareous Nannofossils" was compiled by Prof A. Farinacci 1969-1989 and updated by Richard Howe 2000-2016 - see also this page.
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Citation: Kamptneriaceae Bown & Hampton in Young & Bown 1997
Rank: Family
Type species: Kamptnerius Deflandre, 1959.
Farinacci catalog page (& compiler): n/a

Original Description
Modified loxolith coccoliths, with distinctive LM images consisting of a narrow to moderately-broad rim with a narrow, dark outer cycle; a diagnostic, bright median cycle; and a dark, inner cycle. Central-area structures are generally dark in LM, and may be a transverse bar, crossbars or plate, usually perforate; proximally-situated fine nets may be seen when preservation is good. Rim structure varies from apparently typical loxolith (e.g. Thierstein, 1974: pl.4, figs 1, 9, 12) to placolith-like, with at least three (pseudo) 'shields' (e.g. Thierstein, 1974: pl.7, figs 6, 8). The tiered nature is produced by lateral protrusions from the outer cycle of the loxolith wall. The V-unit cycle dominates the wall, but is penetrated by a thin cycle of R-units, seen as a peg-like cycle in proximal view, and a median cycle in distal view, and it is this cycle which creates the distinctive LM image.


Thierstein, H. R. (1974). Calcareous nannoplankton - Leg 26, Deep Sea Drilling Project. Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. 26: 619-667. gs V O

Young, J. R. & Bown, P. R. (1997b). Higher classification of calcareous nannofossils. Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 19(1): 15-20. gs V O


Kamptneriaceae: Catalog entry compiled by Jeremy Young. Viewed: 24-10-2020

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