Staurolithites minutus

Classification: Mesozoic -> Eiffellithales -> Chiastozygaceae -> Staurolithites -> Staurolithites minutus
Sister taxa: S. crux, S. dibrachiatus, S. stradneri, S. dentatus, S. eiffellithoides, S. flavus, S. halfanii, S. minutus, S. ngurumahambaensis, S. quadriarcullus, S. siesseri, S. coroniformis, S. gausorhethium, S. leptostaurus, S. dorfii, S. handleyi, S. imbricatus, S. laffittei, S. lumina, S. mielnicensis, S. mitcheneri, S. angustus, S. mutterlosei, > >>

Distinguishing features: Small (holotype 3.7 µm) with virtually closed central area and very small cross


Citation: Staurolithites minutus Burnett, 1997
Rank: Species
Notes & discussion: Staurolithites minutus Burnett, 1997 is a junior homonym of Staurolithites minutus Bramlette & Wilcoxon 1967 - hence a new name is needed for this taxon.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Staurolithites minutus Burnett *

Distinguishing features: Small (holotype 3.7 µm) with virtually closed central area and very small cross

Morphology remarks: A very small species of Staurolithites which is distinctively highly-birefringent with a virtually closed central-area and an indistinct, extremely small axial cross.  The very small size of the species, its virtually closed central area and extremely small cross differentiate it from other Staurolithites species. [Burnett 1997]

Size: Holotype dimensions: 3.7 µm long, 2.2 µm wide

Search data:
TagsLITHS: murolith, elliptical, CA: cross-axial, process, closed, V-UNITS: V-prominent, DETAILS: ca_disjunct, rim-unicyclic,
MetricsLith size: 3->4µm;
Sources: original description
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within Maastrichtian Stage (66.04-72.05Ma, top in Maastrichtian stage). Data source: Burnett 1998
First occurrence (base): within Cenomanian Stage (93.90-100.50Ma, base in Cenomanian stage). Data source: Burnett 1998

Plot of occurrence data:

  • Histogram - Neptune occurrence data from DSDP and ODP proceedings. Pale shading <50 samples in time bin. Interpret with caution & read these notes
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  • Taxon plotted: Staurolithites minutus, synonyms included - Staurolithites minutus;
  • space-time plot :: Samples map :: Parent: Staurolithites


    Burnett, J. A. (1997). 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 :: view :: open

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


    Staurolithites minutus compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 4-7-2020

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