Micrantholithus astrum


Classification: Coccolithophores -> Braarudosphaerales -> Braarudosphaeraceae -> Micrantholithus -> Micrantholithus astrum
Sister taxa: M. angulosus, M. astrum, M. attenuatus, M. bramlettei, M. breviradiatus, M. bulbosus, M. crenulatus, M. disculus, M. entaster, M. excelsus, M. flos, M. hebecuspis, M. minimus, M. mirabilis, M. pinguis, M. tinus, M. vesper, M. sp.,

Taxonomy:

Citation: Micrantholithus astrum Bown, 2005
Rank: Species
Notes & discussion: Similar to Micrantholithus stellatus Aguado in Aguado et al., 1997 from the Lower Cretaceous. Rays are broader than Micrantholithus aequalis Sullivan, 1964.

Micrantholithus vesper Deflandre 1950 has been widely used in this sense and arguably is a senior synonym.

Distinguishing features: Medium sized Micrantholithus with deeply indented sides and rounded apices.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Micrantholithus astrum *

Search data:
TagsLITHS: nannolith-radiate, star-shaped, RIM: free-rays-short,
CSPH: not known, T-UNITS: all,
MetricsLith size: 7->15┬Ám; Segments: 5->5; Liths per sphere: 12->12
Sources: lith size (diameter) from OD & illustrated specimens; lith numbers assumed from geometry
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within NP21 zone (32.92-34.44Ma, top in Rupelian stage). Data source: [PRB rough estimate]
First occurrence (base): within NP5 zone (59.54-61.51Ma, base in Selandian stage). Data source: [PRB 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: Micrantholithus

    References:

    Bown, P. R. (2005d). Palaeogene calcareous nannofossils from the Kilwa and Lindi areas of coastal Tanzania (Tanzania Drilling Project 2003-4). Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 27(1): 21-95. gs

    Bown, P. R. (2016). Paleocene calcareous nannofossils from Tanzania (TDP sites 19, 27 and 38). Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 36(1): 1-32. gs

    Self-Trail, J. (2011). Paleogene Calcareous Nannofossils of the South Dover Bridge core, Southern Maryland (USA). Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 32(1): 1-28. gs


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    Micrantholithus astrum compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 14-11-2019

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