Sphenolithus avis


Ancestry: Coccolithophores -> Discoasterales -> Sphenolithaceae -> Sphenolithus -> S. predistentus group -> Sphenolithus avis
Sister taxa: S. ciperoensis, S. distentus, S. predistentus, S. akropodus, S. avis, S. celsus, S. intercalaris, S. obtusus, S. peartiae, S. tribulosus,

Short diagnosis: Similar to S. ciperoensis but with minute spine and flaring base


Taxonomy:

Citation: Sphenolithus avis Aljahdali et al. 2015
Rank: Species

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages:

Short diagnosis: Similar to S. ciperoensis but with minute spine and flaring base


Morphology remarks: "Sphenolithus avis n. sp. is easily distinguished from S. ciperoensis and other Sphenolithus species by much more flared basal (proximal) elements (Plate 2, Figure 2). The flared base is similar in S. umbrellus, but S. avis differs from this species by having a short apical spine" (Aljahdali et al. 2015)

Geological Range:
Notes: FAD occurs within NP23, ie below that of S. ciperoensis (Aljahdali et al. 2015)
Last occurrence (top): within NP25 zone (23.13-26.84Ma, top in Chattian stage). Data source: Aljahdali et al. 2015
First occurrence (base): at base of NP23 zone (0% up, 32Ma, in Rupelian stage). Data source: Aljahdali et al. 2015

Plot of occurrence data:

References:

Aljahdali, M.; Wise, S.W.; Bergen, J.A. & Pospichal, J.J., (2015). A new biostratigraphically significant Late Oligocene Sphenolithus species from the equatorial region. Micropaleontology, 61(3): 193-197.


Nannotax3 - Coccolithophores - Sphenolithus avis by: Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 29-6-2017

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Mohammed Aljahdali (Tallahassee, US)
Thanks Jeremy for posting this at the NANNOTAX3. Under the stratigraphic distribution it should be FAD rather than LAD.

Many thanks again,
Mohammed
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
OK I have corrected the FAD/LAD error.
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