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Diagnosis: A lophadolith in which the wall extends from a circular proximal base at an angle outwards a short distance and then vertically upwards.
Description: This small species of Scyphosphaera has a circular and flat proximal base with a short but distinct outward jutting edge. A cylindrical wall extends from the edge and terminates without any outer flaring or inward curvature. The outer surface of the wall is heavily ornamented. The minimum diameter of the species lies at the proximal base.
Size: holotype: Maximum Length: 10.0μm Maximum Width: 6.8μm
Etymology: In honour of Matthew Hampton, nannofossil specialist and good friend, Network Strati- graphic Consulting Ltd, Potters Bar, UK.
Extra details from original publication
Remarks: Scyphosphaera hamptonii is distinguished from Scyphosphaera cylindrica by having a circular proximal base whereas the latter has an elliptical proximal base. Moreover, the outer surface of this new species is more heavily ornamented and it is much smaller than S. cylindrica. The proximal base of Scyphosphaera globulata is also circular but the overall shape is globular whereas the overall shape of S. hamptonii is cylindrical.
Occurrence: S. hamptonii was recovered from NN11 sediments and is Late Miocene in age. It was recorded from the Gulf of Aden, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, West Africa, North Africa, Brazil and Trinidad.