Nannotax3 - ntax_cenozoic - Imperiaster Nannotax3 - ntax_cenozoic - Imperiaster


Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Nannolith families inc sed -> Lithostromationaceae -> Imperiaster
Sister taxa: Lithostromation, Imperiaster, Martiniaster, Isolithus


Citation: Imperiaster Martini 1970
Rank: Genus
Type species: Discoaster obscurus Martini 1958

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Lithostromationaceae): Large (10-20µm) triangular to stellate nannoliths with porous structure formed from small crystallites. In xpl behave as single crystal unit with low birefringence
This taxon: Very large (15-30 µm) nannolith formed of 6 rays in two superposed offset triplets

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Imperiaster *

Search data:
LITHS: nannolith-radiate, star-shaped, CROSS-POLARS: 1ou, V-prominent,
Lith size: 15->30µm; Segments: 6->6;
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 Tortonian Stage (100% up, 7.3Ma, in Tortonian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database
First occurrence (base): at base of Ypresian Stage (0% up, 56Ma, in Thanetian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:


Martini, E. (1958). Discoasteriden und verwandte Formen im NW-deutschen Eozän (Coccolithophorida). 1. Taxonomische Untersuchungen. Senckenbergiana Lethaea. 39: 353-388. gs

Martini, E. (1970). Imperiaster n. g. aus dem europäischen Unter-Eozän (Nannoplankton, incertae sedis). Senckenbergiana Lethaea. 51: 383-386. gs

Perch-Nielsen, K. (1968). Der Feinbau und die Klassifikation der Coccolithen aus dem Maastrichtien von Danemark. Biologiske Skrifter, Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab. 16: 1-96. gs


Imperiaster compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 1-6-2023

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