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Helicosphaera HOL ponticuliferus type

Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Holococcoliths -> flat-topped -> Helicosphaera HOL -> Helicosphaera HOL ponticuliferus type
Sister taxa: H. HOL catilliferus type, H. HOL confusus type, H. HOL ponticuliferus type, H. pavimentum HOL


Citation: Helicosphaera HOL ponticuliferus type informal
taxonomic rank: species
Basionym: Corisphaera ponticulifera Kamptner 1941
Taxonomic discussion: Nomenclature here follows Young & Bown (2014)

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Helicosphaera HOL): Monomorphic; liths solid - formed of layers of crystallites in rhomboid array
Coccolith distal surface with central boss and varying number of depressions.

This taxon: Liths with two depressions, extending to proximal surface and separated by a bridge surmounted by a boss.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: C. ponticulifera *


The crystalites are in rhombohedral array but it is much less uniform than in Helicosphaera HOL catilliferus type with the rhombohedra tending to be aligned with their longer axis parallel to the edge of coccolith. In LM this results in discrete blocks being present at the ends of the coccolith.

disk 6-9 crystallites high

Biology & life-cycles

Unambiguous combination coccosphere with H. wallichii observed by Couapel et al. (2009)

See also: Helicosphaera wallichii ;

Search data:
LITHS: holococcolith, elliptical, CA: pores, process, bar,
CSPH: equant, monomorphic, CROSS-POLARS: R-prominent,
Lith size: 2.4->3.2µm; Segments: 1->3; Coccosphere size: 9->12µm; Liths per sphere: 40->80
Data source notes: csph size from illustrated specimens;
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 Quaternary Period (0.00-2.59Ma, base in Gelasian stage). Data source: [JRY rough estimate]

Plot of occurrence data:


Couapel, M. J. J., Beaufort, L. & Young, J. R. (2009). A new Helicosphaera - Syracolithus combination coccosphere (Haptophyta) from the Western Mediterranean sea. Journal of Phycology. 45(4): 914-916. gs

Kamptner, E. (1941). Die Coccolithineen der Südwestküste von Istrien. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien. 51: 54-149. gs O

Kamptner, E. (1954). Untersuchungen über den Feinbau der Coccolithen. Archiv für Protistenkunde. 100: 1-90. gs

Kleijne, A. & Jordan, R. W. (1990). Proposed changes to the classification system of living coccolithophorids II. INA Newsletter. 12(2): 13-13. gs

Okada, H. & McIntyre, A. (1977). Modern coccolithophores of the Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans. Micropaleontology. 23(1): 1-55. gs

Young, J. R. & Bown, P. R. (2014). Some emendments to calcareous nannoplankton taxonomy. Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 33(1): 39-46. 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. S1: 1-132. gs


Helicosphaera HOL ponticuliferus type compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 26-5-2024

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