Papposphaera HOL

Classification: Coccolithophores -> Holococcoliths -> open-tube -> Papposphaera HOL
Sister taxa: Calicasphaera, Papposphaera HOL, Trigonaspis,

Daughter taxa: (blue => in age window 0-800Ma)
Coccosphere elongate, varimorphic, CFCs higher and asymmetric, liths are only slightly widened distally.
Coccosphere, spherical, dimorphic, CFCs larger and closed distally. Liths goblet-shaped, sub-circular base, narrow stem strongly flaring distally.
Coccosphere spherical, varimorphic, tubes higher at flagellar pole. Coccoliths with tube, flaring distally.
Coccosphere subspherical, varimorphic, tubes higher at flagellar pole. Coccoliths with long tube, weakly flaring distally


Citation: Papposphaera HOL
Rank: Genus
Type species:
Synonyms: Turrisphaera Manton, Sutherland & Oates 1976 (Type species was T. borealis)

Distinguishing features: Tower-like holococcoliths formed from hexagonal crystallite groups.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Turrisphaera *

Biology & life-cycles: All the described holococcolith species have extremely similar cocoliths and have been shown to form associations with Papposphaera heterococcolith phases.

Search data:
TagsLITHS: holococcolith, tubular, sub-circular, CA: vacant, PROCESS: flaring, V-UNITS: px-plate, R-UNITS: spine,
MetricsLith size: 1->3.5µm; Coccosphere size: 7->15µm;
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

See also: Papposphaera ;

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): Extant Data source: Total of range of species in this database
First occurrence (base): at top of No known fossil record modern (100% up, 0Ma, in stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:


Manton, I., Sutherland, J. & Oates, K. (1976b). Arctic coccolithophorids: two species of Turrisphaera gen. nov. from West Greenland, Alaska, and the Northwest Passage. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences. 194: 179-194. gs


Papposphaera HOL compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 20-10-2019

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