Classification: Mesozoic -> Nannoliths inc sedis -> Nannoliths inc sed - other -> Rhomboaster
Sister taxa: Ceratolithina, Ceratolithoides, Liliasterites, Marthasterites, Orthogonoides, Rhomboaster, Tripinnalithus, Watkinsia,

Distinguishing features: Monocrytsalline rhombic nannolith

Daughter taxa: (blue => in age window 0-800Ma)
Medium-sized cuboid nannolith with concave faces and extended corners.


Citation: Rhomboaster Bramlette & Sullivan 1961
Rank: Genus
Notes & discussion: Bralower & Bergen 1998 used  the genus Rhomboaster in the Mesozoic for the species R. svabenickiae. This is unfortunate, since although it is very similar to Late Paleocene Rhomboaser the long stratigraphic separation betwen the forms makes it most likely that it is an unrelated homoeomorph. 

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Rhomboaster + *

Distinguishing features: Monocrytsalline rhombic nannolith

Search data:
TagsLITHS: nannolith-radiate, quadrate, DETAILS: 1ou,
MetricsLith size: 5->8µm; Segments: 8->8;
Sources: size range of included species
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): at top of Coniacian Stage (100% up, 86.3Ma, in Coniacian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database
First occurrence (base): at base of Turonian Stage (0% up, 93.9Ma, in Turonian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:


Bralower, T. J. & Bergen, J. A. (1998). Cenomanian-Santonian calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy of a transect of cores drilled across the Western Interior Seaway. In, Dean, W. E. & Arthur, M. A. (eds) Stratigraphy and paleoenvironments of the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway. SEPM Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology. -. gs :: ::

Bramlette, M. N. & Sullivan, F. R. (1961). Coccolithophorids and related nannoplankton of the Early Tertiary in California. Micropaleontology. 7(2): 129-188. gs :: ::


Rhomboaster compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 12-7-2020

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