Classification: Coccolithophores -> hidden -> deleted
Sister taxa: deleted, sandbox,

Daughter taxa: (blue => in age window 0-800Ma) Granddaughter taxa

Elongate, narrow scapholiths. Morphologically comparable with the extant Calciosolenia brasiliensis (Lohmann 1919), but fossil specimens have tended to be classified as Calciosolenia (or Scapholithus) fossilis.

Two cycls of nodes on tube inner wall, none on distal shield

Large (>10µm) species of Clausicoccus with small to medium sized central area.

Like C. mediterranea but BCs with central mound divided into two nodes; rims broader

Similar to D. mariposa but more roundd in proifle

Complex fasciculiths - formed of two or three discrete cycles; without fenestrae on the column

Coccoliths elliptical with moderately high walls and no inner structure, dimorphic with low and high liths. Perforate wall fabric. FRESHWATER

6 rayed form with moderately long free rays; alternate free rays are ornamented and smooth

6 long free rays at two levels

BCs central area with continuous cover of rather irregular plates;
CFC process ca. 2.3 µm high with broad conical calyx of four plates with finely serrated margin, base with cross-bars.

Coccolith distal rim smooth; irregular tiles in central area
Coccosphere dimorphic, CFCs with spine

Elliptical reticulofenestrids with narrow central area (just less than rim width) spanned by central plug surrounded by perforations.

Medium to large with moderate spine; basal elements well-separated and strongly curved so lower part parallel to length of sphenolith; overall oultine resembles needle-nose pliers.

Like D. exilis but with straight ridges on the rays

Not present in the Pliocene
Like H. carteri but pores large. (Early-Middle Miocene)

Oligo-Miocene species with conjunct bar
Like H. carteri but with central-area showing irregular, granular, structure, possibly a preservational variant.

Lenticular species with narrow flanges and robust lath cycle.

earlier D. variabilis -like species
6-rayed discoaster with strong bifurcations; central-area narrow and with only weak bosses.


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Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within (-Ma, top in "Holocene" stage). Data source:
First occurrence (base): within (-Ma, base in stage). Data source:

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deleted compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 24-6-2019

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