Scrippsiella fragments

Classification: non_cocco -> Dinophytes -> Thoracosphaeraceae -> Tangential wall -> Scrippsiella -> Scrippsiella fragments
Sister taxa: S. crystallina, S. lachrymosa, S. minima, S. patagonica, S. precaria, S. rotunda, S. sweeneyae, S. trifida, S. triquetracapitata, S. acuminata, S. regalis, S. fragments, S. sp.,

Distinguishing features: Isolated spine-bearing elements from Scrippsiella cysts


Citation: Scrippsiella test fragments
Rank: Species
Notes & discussion: These have sometimes been referred to in the nannofossil literature as coccoliths of the genera Acanthoica or Anacanthoica.

Catalog entries: Anacanthoica mitra * , Anacanthoica solomonica * , Semihololithus dens * , Zygrhablithus sagittus *

Distinguishing features: Isolated spine-bearing elements from Scrippsiella cysts

Morphology remarks: Scrippsiella shells characteristically are formed of a mosaic of single crystal plates each with a short triangular section spine, often terminated by a rhombic crystal. The calcite c-axis is perpendicular to the length of the spine. As the test breaks up these crystals may be found isolated or in small groups and they can easily be mistaken for small holococcoliths.

Ecology & Biogeography: Neritic - Scrippsiella tests are a benthic resting stage

Geological Range:
Notes: Thes etest fragments have been illustrated rom throughout the Cenozoic and Late Cretaceous. The oldest occurrence documented here is from the Albian but they may well persist below this.
Last occurrence (top): Extant Data source: present in the plankton
First occurrence (base): within Albian Stage (100.50-112.95Ma, base in Albian stage). Data source: Specimens illustrated here from Gault Clay, England


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Scrippsiella fragments compiled by Jeremy R. Young viewed: 21-2-2020

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