Stephanolithion bigotii

Classification: Mesozoic -> Stephanolithiales -> Stephanolithiaceae -> Stephanolithion -> Stephanolithion bigotii
Sister taxa: S. atmetos, S. bigotii, S. brevispinus, S. hexum, S. speciosum, S. sp.,

Distinguishing features: Broadly elliptical or hexagonal, with long rim spines, and diagonal cross bars.

Daughter taxa: (blue => in age window 0-800Ma)
Polygonal Stephanolithion (elongated hexagon) with six (sometimes 7-8) long rim spines and central area spanned by diagonal cross bars.
Large, elliptical Stephanolithion with multiple rim spines and wide central area spanned by diagonal cross bars


Citation: Stephanolithion bigotii Deflandre, 1939
Rank: Species
Basionym: Stephanolithion bigoti Deflandre, 1939
Notes & discussion: Smaller forms are typically hexagonal with six spnes, one at each corner of the rim. Larger forms are more elliptical and may have additonal spnes. Medd (1979) separated the species into two sub-species S. bigotii maxima and S. bigotii bigotii based on size alone. However, many workers use other criteria for separating these two sub-species. At the Jurassic workshop in Lyon 2016, it was suggested that the most objective criterion was presence of additional spines - with S. bigotii bigotii being confined to specimens with spines only at the corners of the hexagonal rim.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Stephanolithion bigoti * , Stephanolithion laffittei *

Distinguishing features: Broadly elliptical or hexagonal, with long rim spines, and diagonal cross bars.

Search data:
TagsLITHS: murolith, elliptical, polygonal, CA: process, diagonal cross, V-UNITS: V-prominent, DETAILS: ca_disjunct, rim-bicyclic,
MetricsLith size: 5->9µm;
Sources: range of sub-species
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): at top of NJ17a subzone (100% up, 149.1Ma, in Tithonian stage). Data source: Bown & Cooper 1998 (fig 4) - zonal eventBown & Cooper 1998
First occurrence (base): at base of NJ13 zone (0% up, 164.8Ma, in Callovian stage). Data source: Bown & Cooper 1998 (fig 4) - zonal event

Plot of occurrence data:

  • (NB There is no histogram as there are no occurrence records for the taxon in the Neptune database) Parent: Stephanolithion


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    Bown, P. R. & Cooper, M. K. E. (1998). Jurassic. In, Bown, P. R. (ed.) Calcareous Nannofossil Biostratigraphy. British Micropalaeontological Society Publication Series. 34-85. gs

    Bralower, T. J., Monechi, S. & Thierstein, H. R. (1989). Calcareous nannofossil zonation of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary interval and correlation with the geomagnetic polarity timescale. Marine Micropaleontology. 14: 153-235. gs

    de Kaenel, E. & Bergen, J. A. (1996). Mesozoic calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy from sites 897, 899, and 901, Iberia Abyssal Plain: New biostratigraphic evidence. Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program. Scientific Results. 149: 27-59. gs

    Deflandre, G. (1939). Les stéphanolithes, représentants d'un type nouveau de coccolithes Jurassique supérieur. Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Séances de l'Académie des Sciences. Paris. 208: 1331-1333. gs

    Grün, W. & Zweili, F. (1980). Das kalkige Nannoplankton der Dogger-Malm-Grenze im Berner Jura bei Liesberg (Schweiz). Jahrbuch der Geologischen Bundesanstalt. 123: 231-341. gs

    Medd, A. W. (1979). The Upper Jurassic coccoliths from the Haddenham and Gamlingay boreholes (Cambridgeshire, England). Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae. 72: 19-109. gs

    Noël, D. (1973). Nannofossiles calcaires de sédiments jurassiques finement laminés. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. 3e serie, 75: 95-156. gs

    Rood, A. P. & Barnard, T. (1972). On Jurassic coccoliths: Stephanolithion, Diadozygus and related genera. Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae. 65: 327-342. gs

    Rood, A. P., Hay, W. W. & Barnard, T. (1971). Electron Microscope Studies of Oxford Clay Coccoliths. Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae. 64: 245-272. gs

    Wise, S. W. & Wind, F. H. (1977). Mesozoic and Cenozoic calcareous nannofossils recovered by DSDP Leg 36 drilling on the Falkland Plateau, south-west Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. 36(269-491): -. gs

    Wise, S. W. (1983). Mesozoic and Cenozoic calcareous nannofossils recovered by DSDP Leg 71 in the Falkland Plateau region, Southwest Atlantic Ocean. Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. 71: 481-550. gs


    Stephanolithion bigotii compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 29-3-2020

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