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Scyphosphaera porosa

Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Zygodiscales -> Pontosphaeraceae -> Scyphosphaera -> Scyphosphaera porosa
Sister taxa: S. apsteinii, S. porosa ⟩⟨ S. brevis, S. globulata, S. hamptonii, S. hemirana, S. lagena ⟩⟨ S. campanula, S. intermedia, S. pulcherrima, S. tubifera, S. ventriosa ⟩⟨ S. columella, S. expansa, S. interstincta, S. olla, S. tercisensis, S. tubicena, S. sp.


Citation: Scyphosphaera porosa Kamptner, 1967
taxonomic rank: Species
Taxonomic discussion: Described from isolated coccoliths in the sediment but recently completely coccospheres have been recorded from the plankton (Young 2008, Frada et al. 2010)

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Scyphosphaera): Coccospheres with Pontosphaera-like body coccoliths and equatorial coccoliths with rims elevated into vase-like structures (lopadoliths).
This taxon: Lopadoliths - large gently-flaring or parallel sided; R-unit only extends to about one third height of lopadolith

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: S. porosa * , S. galeana * , S. magna * , T. elegans *

Coccosphere excluding lopadoliths ca. 30µm; lopadoliths 15-20µm (Young 2008)

Ecology & Biogeography

Deep photic, only ever recorded from the South Atlantic gyre - unless the S. elegans specimens of Ostenfeld are records of the taxon.

Search data:
LITHS: murolith, elliptical, cylindrical, hollow, CA: plate, pores,
CSPH: equant, BC-dimorphic, CROSS-POLARS: rim-bicyclic, V-prominent, R-prominent,
Lith size: 15->20µm; Coccosphere size: 50->70µm;
Data source notes: lith height from OD & Young 2008; csph height from illustrated specs
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 Pliocene Epoch (2.59-5.33Ma, base in Zanclean stage). Data source: [JRY rough estimate]

Plot of occurrence data:


Deflandre, G. (1942a). Coccolithophoridés fossiles d'Oranie. Genres Scyphosphaera Lohmann et Thorosphaera Ostenfeld. Bulletin de la Société d'Histoire Naturelle de Toulouse. 77: 125-137. gs

Frada, M. et al. (2010). A guide to extant coccolithophores (Calcihaptophycidae, Haptophyta) using light microscopy. Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 31(2): 58-112. gs

Jordan, R. W. & Chamberlain, A. H. L. (1992). Vexillarius cancellifer gen. et sp. nov., and its possible affinities with other living coccolithophorids. In, Hamrsmid, B. & Young, J. R. (eds) Nannoplankton Research, Proceedings of the 4th INA Conference, Prague 1991, vol II. Knihovnicka ZPN . 14b: 305-325. gs

Kamptner, E. (1967). Kalkflagellaten - Skelettreste aus Tiefseeschlamm des Südatlantischen Ozeans. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien. 71: 117-198. gs O

Ostenfeld, C. H. (1910). Thorosphaera, eine neue Gattung der Coccolithophoriden. Berichte der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft. 28: 397-400. gs

Siesser, W. G. (1998). Calcareous nannofossil Genus Scyphosphaera: structure, taxonomy, biostratigraphy, and phylogeny. Micropaleontology. 44(4): 351-384. gs

Young, J. R. (2008). Scyphosphaera porosa Kamptner 1967 rediscovered in the plankton. Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 30(1): 35-38. gs


Scyphosphaera porosa compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 23-7-2024

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