Staurolithites mielnicensis

Classification: ntax_mesozoic -> Eiffellithales -> Chiastozygaceae -> Staurolithites -> Staurolithites mielnicensis
Sister taxa: << < S. handleyi, S. laffittei, S. dorfii, S. lumina ⟩⟨ S. imbricatus, S. dicandidula, S. mitcheneri ⟩⟨ S. angustus, S. mutterlosei, S. zoensis ⟩⟨ S. aachenus, S. aenigma, S. ellipticus, S. elongatus, S. integer, S. mielnicensis, S. parma, S. sp.

Distinguishing features: Bicyclic species with narrow rim, triangular feet to the crossbars give the species a distinctive LM appearance.


Citation: Staurolithites mielnicensis (Górka, 1957) Perch-Nielsen, 1968 sensu Crux 1982
Rank: Species
Basionym: Discolithus mielnicensis Górka, 1957
Synonyms: Vagalapilla imbricata imbricata (Gartner 1958) sensu Bukry (1969) - according to Burnett 1997 the specimens illustrated by Bukry 1969 as V. imbricata imbricata are better placed in S. mielnicensis.
Taxonomic discussion: The type figure is almost featureless so it is not entirely clear why this name ended up applied to this species. [my interpretation - JRY 2019]

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: D. mielnicensis *

Distinguishing features: Bicyclic species with narrow rim, triangular feet to the crossbars give the species a distinctive LM appearance.

Search data:
TagsLITHS: murolith, elliptical, CA: cross-axial, ca_disjunct, process, CROSS-POLARS: rim-bicyclic, V-prominent, R-prominent,
MetricsLith size: 6->9µm;
Data source notes: illustrated specimens
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Notes: FAD in Early Campanian, UC14b, in N Germany (Burnett 1998)
Last occurrence (top): within Maastrichtian Stage (66.04-72.05Ma, top in Maastrichtian stage). Data source: Burnett 1998
First occurrence (base): in upper part of UC11c subzone (80% up, 85.7Ma, in Coniacian stage). Data source: Burnett 1998, fig 6.4

Plot of occurrence data:


al Rawahi, Z. & Dunkley Jones, T. (2019). Calcareous nannofossil assemblages of the Late Cretaceous Fiqa Formation, north Oman. Journal of Micropalaeontology. 38(1): 25-54. gs V O

Bukry, D. (1969). Upper Cretaceous coccoliths from Texas and Europe. University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions, Articles. 51 (Protista 2): 1-79. gs V O

Burnett, J. A. (1997c). New species and new combinations of Cretaceous nannofossils and a note on the origin of Petrarhabdus (Deflandre) Wise & Wind. Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 19(2): 133-146. gs V O

Burnett, J. A. (1998). Upper Cretaceous. In, Bown, P. R. (ed.) Calcareous Nannofossil Biostratigraphy. British Micropalaeontological Society Publication Series. 132-199. gs V O

Crux, J. A. (1980). A biostratigraphical study of Upper Cretaceous nannofossils from South-east England and North France. PhD thesis, University College London. -. gs

Crux, J. A. (1982). Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian to Campanian) calcareous nannofossils. In, Lord, A. R. (ed.) A Stratigraphical Index of Calcareous Nannofossils. British Micropalaeontological Society Series, Ellis Horwood, Chichester 81-135. gs

Górka, H. (1957). Les Coccolithophoridés du Maestrichtien supérieur de Pologne. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. 2: 239-284. gs V O

Lord, A. R. (1982). A Stratigraphical Index of Calcareous Nannofossils. Ellis Horwood Limited, Chichester. -. gs

Thibault, N. (2010). Calcareous nannofossils from the boreal Upper Campanian- Maastrichtian chalk of Denmark. Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 31(1): 39-56. gs V O


Staurolithites mielnicensis compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 22-1-2021

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