Bomolithus bramlettei

Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Discoasterales -> Heliolithaceae -> Bomolithus -> Bomolithus bramlettei
Sister taxa: B. aquilus, B. bramlettei, B. conicus, B. elegans, B. megastypus, B. supremus, B. sp.


Citation: Bomolithus bramlettei (Bukry & Percival 1971) Young & Bown 2014
Rank: Species
Basionym: Discoasteroides bramlettei Bukry & Percival 1971
Taxonomic discussion: This species has had a rather confused taxonomic history. Romein (1979) recombined it into Discoaster but this made it a junior homonym of Discoaster bramlettei Martini 1958, hence he introduced the alternative name Discoaster drieverii Romein 1980. Young & Bown (2014) recombined the species into Bomolithus, thus making the alternative name drieveri spurious.

Distinguishing features: Similar to B. megastypus but fewer rays and inner cycle less elevated

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: D. bramlettei *

Size: 7.5-8.5µm with 17-21 rays, according to Bown (2016)

Phylogenetic relations: Has been considered the ancestor of Discoaster (Romein 1979, Agnini et al. 2007).

Search data:
TagsLITHS: nannolith-radiate, circular, star-shaped, CROSS-POLARS: V-prominent, R-prominent,
MetricsLith size: 5->10µm; Segments: 17->21;
Data source notes: 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): in mid part of NP7 zone (50% up, 58.8Ma, in Thanetian stage). Data source: Agnini et al. 2007, fig. 6, 9 - possibly with rare occurrences higher
First occurrence (base): at base of NP6 zone (0% up, 59.5Ma, in Selandian stage). Data source: Agnini et al. 2007 fig. 6

Plot of occurrence data:


Agnini, C., Fornaciari, E., Raffi, I., Rio, D., Rohl, U. & Westerhold, T. (2007a). High-resolution nannofossil biochronology of middle Paleocene to early Eocene at ODP Site 1262: Implications for calcareous nannoplankton evolution. Marine Micropaleontology. 64: 215-248. gs

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

Bukry, D. & Percival, S. F. (1971). New Tertiary calcareous nannofossils. Tulane Studies in Geology and Paleontology. 8: 123-146. gs V O

Okada, H. & Thierstein, H. R. (1979). Calcareous nannoplankton - Leg 43, Deep Sea Drilling Project. Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. 43: 507-573. gs V O

Perch-Nielsen, K. (1977a). Albian to Pleistocene calcareous nannofossils from the Western South Atlantic, DSDP Leg 39. Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. 39: 699-823. gs V O

Romein, A. J. T. (1979). Lineages in Early Paleogene calcareous nannoplankton. Utrecht Micropaleontological Bulletin. 22: 1-231. gs V O

Romein, A. J. T. (1980). Discoaster drieveri, nomen novum pro Discoaster bramlettei (Bukry & Percival 1971) Romein 1979 non Martini 1958. INA Newsletter. 2(1): 35-35. gs V O

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


Bomolithus bramlettei compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 27-2-2021

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