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D. nodifer group

Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Discoasterales -> Discoasteraceae -> Discoaster -> D. nodifer group
Sister taxa: D. brouweri group, D. pentaradiatus group, D. quinqueramus group, D. variabilis group, D. exilis group, D. musicus group, D. deflandrei group ⟩⟨ D. nodifer group, D. lodoensis group, D. multiradiatus group, D. araneus group, D. sp.

Daughter taxa (time control age-window is: 0-800Ma)Granddaughter taxa
Discoaster cruciformis
4-rayed, symetric, ray tips curved downwards

Discoaster colletii
5-7 almost wedge-shaped rays separated by very narrow and deep interradial incisions (Romein 1979)

Discoaster gemmifer
A discoaster with 8 bifurcating rays without a prominent central knob. The rays form an overlapping pattern that spirals dextrally and is distinctive of this species.

Discoaster mediosus
≥8 near-parallel-sided rays with rounded to pointed tips that radiate with little free length from a large circular central area. May show inter-ray ridges, a low central boss, and the development of nodes towards the ray tips.

Discoaster binodosus
Usually 8 rays with free ray length that approaches half the diameter of the central area or greater and prominent lateral nodes and pointed ray tips.

Discoaster nodifer
6-9 rayed stellate discoaster with prominent lateral nodes on their rays and ray-end notches or bifurcations.

Discoaster distinctus
5-6 rayed stellate discoasters; ray tips with bifurcation and lateral nodes (resemble spanners).

Discoaster septemradiatus
>6 rayed stellate discoasters; ray tips with bifurcations (similar to D. deflandrei apart from number of rays)

Discoaster tanii
5 rayed stellate discoaster with long free rays of uniform width terminating in a flat or slightly notched ray-end. May show poorly developed unpaired lateral nodes on some rays.
Discoaster tanii var. 2

Discoaster tani ornatus
5 rayed large stellate discoaster with prominent lateral nodes on their rays, ray-end notches or bifurcations and a stellate central boss.

Discoaster istanbulensis
Ornate 5-rayed discoaster

Discoaster martinii
5 rayed, usually very large, stellate discoaster, with wide bifurcate ray tips.

Discoaster williamsii
5-6 rayed discoaster with broad central area that is distinctly elevated on both faces. The rays are narrow and free for around half their length. Paired lateral nodes just before the ray tips are present in some specimens

Discoaster backmanii
5-7 (typically 6) rayed, simple, stellate discoasters with broad, tapering rays joined along 1/2 their length.

Discoaster okadai
4- to 7-rayed very large (20-45µm) discoaster, with long, thin, tapering free rays (broadest at their mid-point) and small central area.


Citation: Discoaster nodifer group - informal grouping
Rank: species group

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Discoaster): Radiate nannoliths with each ray formed of a discrete crystal-unit, with the c-axes perpendicular to the nannolith surface.
This taxon: Stellate discoasters with straight rays; rays free for >1/3 of their length; rays with bifurcations or nodes; 5-10 rays

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages:

Search data:
Lith size: 5->45┬Ám;
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 NP23 zone (100% up, 29.6Ma, in Rupelian stage). Data source: Total of ranges of the species in this database
First occurrence (base): within NP7 zone (58.7-58.97Ma, base in Thanetian stage). Data source: Total of ranges of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:



D. nodifer group compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 2-12-2023

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