Vexillarius cancellifer

Classification: Coccolithophores -> Coccolith families inc sed -> Papposphaeraceae -> Vexillarius -> Vexillarius cancellifer
Sister taxa: V. acerviphora, V. cancellifer, V. cereus, V. iaculifer, V. sp.,


Citation: Vexillarius cancellifer Jordan & Chamberlain, 1992
Rank: Species
Notes & discussion: Andruleit & Jordan (2016) illustrate well-preserved specimens, and discuss the morphology and likely affinities in some detail.

Distinguishing features: Process flaring distally.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Vexillarius cancellifer *

Morphology remarks: Body coccoliths are small (ca. 1 µm long) narrowly elliptical muroliths. Equatorial coccoliths have similar bases with long (5-7 µm) square section process, parallel sided in lower half then flaring distally, terminated by a quadrate structure.

Ecology & Biogeography: Lower photic zone,very rare.

See also: Turrilithus latericioides - another species with a quadrate spine and suggested to be related by Andruleit & Jordan 2016;

Search data:
TagsLITHS: murolith, elliptical, RIM: outer wall non-imbricate, rim-narrow, CA: bar-transverse, vacant, process, closed, PROCESS: flaring, open distally, spine,
CSPH: ovoid, spherical, equant, elongated, BC-dimorphic, EqC, EqC+process, polymorphic, DETAILS: ca_disjunct,
MetricsLith size: 0.5->1┬Ám; Liths per sphere: 70->130
Sources: lith size (BC diameter) from OD; lith numbers from Yang & Wei 2003, range inferred from single estimate
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): Extant Data source: present in the plankton (Young et al. 2003)
First occurrence (base): within No known fossil record modern (0.00-0.00Ma, base in stage). Data source: [JRY rough estimate]

Plot of occurrence data:

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


    Andruleit, A. & Jordan, R. W. (2016). Further observations on Vexillarius cancellifer Jordan & Chamberlain. Revue de Micropaleontologie. 59: 227-231. gs

    Andruleit, H. & Jordan, R. W. (2017). Two new species of Vexillarius (Prymnesiophyceae) from the eastern Indian Ocean. Phycologia. 56(5): 510-516. gs

    Jordan, R. W. & Chamberlain, A. H. L. (1992). Vexillarius cancellifer gen. et sp. nov., and its possible affinities with other living coccolithophorids. In, Hamrsmid, B. & Young, J. R. (eds) Nannoplankton Research (Procs INA Conf). Knihovnicka ZPN. 14a, 1: 305-325. gs

    Young, J. R., Geisen, M., Cros, L., Kleijne, A., Probert, I. & Ostergaard, J. B. (2003). A guide to extant coccolithophore taxonomy. Journal of Nannoplankton Research, Special Issue. 1: 1-132. gs


    Vexillarius cancellifer compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 28-2-2020

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