Classification: Mesozoic -> Nannoliths inc sedis -> Microrhabdulaceae
Sister taxa: Goniolithaceae, Eoconusphaeraceae, Lapideacassaceae, Microrhabdulaceae, Polycyclolithaceae, Nannoliths inc sed - radiate multielement, Nannoliths inc sed - other,

Distinguishing features: Rod-shaped nannoliths.

Daughter taxa: (blue => in age window 0-800Ma) Granddaughter taxa
Bladed, rod-shaped nannoliths that typically taper towards both ends and with a cruciform cross-section and variably developed lateral projections; the rod is formed from long crystal units which appear to run the length of the lith.

Rod-shaped nannoliths with (sub)circular cross-section and complex construction from systematically arranged laths, commonly creating a "chequered" LM image.

Rod-shaped nannolith with massive, cubiform mid section.

Rod-shaped nannolith composed of four blocks, with central constriction.


Citation: Microrhabdulaceae Deflandre, 1963
Rank: Family

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Microrhabdulaceae [no catalog entry yet]

Distinguishing features: Rod-shaped nannoliths.

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within Maastrichtian Stage (66.04-72.05Ma, top in Maastrichtian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database
First occurrence (base): within Berriasian Stage (139.39-145.01Ma, base in Berriasian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:


Bown, P.R.; Rutledge, D.C.; Crux, J.A. & Gallagher, L.T., (1998). Early Cretaceous. In: Bown, P.R. (Editor), Calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy. British Micropalaeontological Society Publication Series. Chapman & Hall, pp. 86-131. GS

Burnett, J.A., (1998). Upper Cretaceous. In: Bown, P.R. (Editor), Calcareous Nannofossil Biostratigraphy. British Micropalaeontological Society Publications Series. Chapman & Hall, London, pp. 132-199. GS

Deflandre, G. (1963). Sur les Microrhabdulidés, famille nouvelle de nannofossiles calcaires. Comptes Rendus (Hebdomadaires des Séances) de l'Académie des Sciences Paris, 256: 3484-3487. GS


Microrhabdulaceae compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 16-6-2019

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