Nannotax3 - ntax_cenozoic - Kataspinifera Nannotax3 - ntax_cenozoic - Kataspinifera


Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Coccolith families inc sed -> Papposphaeraceae -> Kataspinifera
Sister taxa: Papposphaera, Pappomonas, Balaniger, Formonsella, Quaternariella ⟩⟨ Ventimolina, Wigwamma, Pseudowigwamma ⟩⟨ Kataspinifera, Picarola, Vexillarius, Pocillithus

Daughter taxa (time control age-window is: 0-800Ma)
Kataspinifera baumannii
See generic diagnosis (monospecific)
Kataspinifera sp.
Specimens which cannot be assigned to established species


Citation: Kataspinifera Andruleit & Young, 2010
taxonomic rank: Genus
Type species: Kataspinifera baumannii Andruleit & Young 2010

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Papposphaeraceae): Narrow-rimmed muroliths, mostly with prominent central structures.
This taxon: Coccosphere dimorphic. CFCs (and some dispersed liths) with very long spines BCs with very low wall, axial cross and short spine;

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Kataspinifera *


Kataspinifera is similar to Vexillarius but differs in:
  1. The spines are much longer than the coccosphere width
  2. There is an axial cross in the cntral area
  3. The coccoliths lack a basal flange

Search data:
LITHS: murolith, circular, elliptical, CA: cross-axial, ca_disjunct, process,
CSPH: equant, BC-dimorphic,
Lith size: 1.2->1.8µm; Coccosphere size: 4.5->7µm; Liths per sphere: 50->70
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: Total of ranges of the species in this database
First occurrence (base): within No known fossil record modern (0.00-0.00Ma, base in "Holocene" stage). Data source: Total of ranges of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:


Andruleit, H. & Young, J. R. (2010). Kataspinifera baumannii: a new genus and species of deep photic coccolithophores resembling the non-calcifying haptophyte Chrysochromulina. Journal of Micropalaeontology. 29: 135-147. gs


Kataspinifera compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 27-2-2024

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