Craticullithus cassus

Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Coccolithales -> Coccolithaceae -> Craticullithus -> Craticullithus cassus
Sister taxa: C. cancellus, C. clathrus, C. lamina, C. cassus, C. sp.


Citation: Craticullithus? cassus (Bown, 2005) Bown, 2010
Rank: Species
Basionym: Cruciplacolithus cassus Bown 2005
Synonyms: Cruciplacolithus cassus
Taxonomic discussion: As this species has a complex central area grill and coccolithacean rim it is tentatively placed into the genus Craticullithus.

Distinguishing features: Medium sized, bicyclic placolith with dark outer-cycle, slightly brighter inner cycle and relatively wide central-area (approximately same width as shields). In SEM a central-area net is evident.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: C. cassus *

Morphology: The distal shield appears to be bicyclic: the outer cycle elements are joined along distinctly kinked sutures; the inner cycle appears to have a smooth upper surface and the sutures are less clear but are broadly radial. The central area is spanned by a perforate plate formed from small elements.

Search data:
TagsLITHS: placolith, elliptical, CA: plate,
CSPH: equant, monomorphic, CROSS-POLARS: rim-bicyclic, V-prominent, R-prominent,
MetricsLith size: 5->8µm;
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within NP11 zone (53.70-54.17Ma, top in Ypresian stage). Data source: Bown, 2010
First occurrence (base): within NP7 zone (58.70-58.97Ma, base in Thanetian stage). Data source: Bown, 2010

Plot of occurrence data:


Bown, P. R. (2005d). Palaeogene calcareous nannofossils from the Kilwa and Lindi areas of coastal Tanzania (Tanzania Drilling Project 2003-4). Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 27(1): 21-95. gs V O

Bown, P. R. (2010). Calcareous nannofossils from the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum interval of southern Tanzania (TDP Site 14). Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 31(1): 11-38. gs V O

Bown, P. R. (2016). Paleocene calcareous nannofossils from Tanzania (TDP sites 19, 27 and 38). Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 36(1): 1-32. gs V O

Shamrock, J. L. & Watkins, D. K. (2012). Eocene calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy and community structure from Exmouth Plateau, Eastern Indian Ocean (ODP Site 762). Stratigraphy. 9(1): 1-11. gs


Craticullithus cassus compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 1-3-2021

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