Ventimolina stellata

Classification: Coccolithophores -> Coccolith families inc sed -> Papposphaeraceae -> Ventimolina -> Ventimolina stellata
Sister taxa: V. stellata,


Citation: Ventimolina stellata Thomsen, Ostergaard & Cros 2015
Rank: Species
Synonyms: Unidentified sp. 2 in Cros and Fortuño 2002 - Fig. 111D

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Ventimolina stellata [no catalog entry yet]

Morphology remarks: Coccosphere ca 10 x 5 µm with ca 12 CFCs 
BCs - oval ca 1.0 x 0.4 µm; rim narrow with slightly vaulted axial cross; low central spine supports flat cross-shaped calyx. Rim formed of single cycle of rod-shaped elements.
CFCs - base similar to BCs, spine elevated and with axe-like blade aligned paraell to short axis of coccolith.

Evolution & Phylogeny: The base is rather similar to that of Wigwamma whilst the process is more like those of Pappomonas supporting the broader concept of the Papposphaeraceae.

Ecology & Biogeography: Low latitude species, probably mid/lower-photic, rare. Recorded from NW Mediterranean and E. Indian Ocean

Biology & life-cycles: Holococcolith phase not identified

Search data:
TagsLITHS: murolith, elliptical, RIM: outer wall non-imbricate, rim-narrow, CA: cross, cross-axial, PROCESS: calyx, spine,
CSPH: ovoid, spherical, CFC, CFC+process, polymorphic, DETAILS: ca_disjunct,
MetricsLith size: 0.6->1µm; Coccosphere size: 9->11µm;
Sources: csph & lith size (BC diameter) from OD
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Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): Extant Data source: present in the plankton (Thomsen et al. 2015)
First occurrence (base): within no known fossil record modern (0.00-0.00Ma, base in stage). Data source: [JRY 2016]

Plot of occurrence data:

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


    Cros, L. & Fortuño, J. -M. (2002). Atlas of northwestern Mediterranean coccolithophores. Scientia Marina. 66: 186-. gs

    Thomsen, H. A., Ostergaard, J. B. & Cros, L. (2015). Ventimolina stellata gen. et sp. nov. (Haptophyta, Papposphaeraceae) from warm water regions. Acta Protozoologica. 54: 275-281. gs


    Ventimolina stellata compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 18-11-2019

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