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CATALOG - Coccolithites

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Original descriptions of taxa. For coccolithophores, and many calcispheres, these are pages from the Farinacci & Howe Catalog of Calcareous Nannofossils. In other cases (e.g. non-calcifying haptophytes) the data is directly compiled on this site. The "Catalogue of Calcareous Nannofossils" was originally compiled by Prof A. Farinacci 1969-1989, since 2000 it has been updated and extended by Richard Howe - see The Farinacci and Howe Catalog - an Introduction.
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Coccolithites has 93 sub-taxa these are grouped in 3 pages
1 C. acu :: 2 C. gam :: 3 C. sul
Coccolithites acutus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites alternans Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites amplificatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites anisotrema Kamptner 1955
= Pontosphaera multipora
Coccolithites annulus Cohen 1964
= Ceratolithus cristatus HET
Coccolithites arachnoideus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites arcuatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites attenuatus Kamptner 1955
= Pontosphaera syracusana
Coccolithites australis Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites biperforatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites bucculentus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites caelatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites calathus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites campyloneis Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites cingulum Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites circumlatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites circumradiatus Stover 1966
= Haqius circumradiatus
Coccolithites circumvallatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites collaris Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites concameratus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites convexus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites crassilabris Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites crenulatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites cribellum Bramlette & Sullivan 1961
= Clausicoccus fenestratus
Coccolithites cristatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites cruciatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites curvatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites debilis Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites deflandrei Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites delus Bramlette & Sullivan 1961
= Campylosphaera dela
Coccolithites dentatus Shumenko 1969

Coccolithites detorquatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites discoideus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites dissitus Cohen 1965

Coccolithites distichus Bramlette & Sullivan 1961
= Ellipsolithus distichus
Coccolithites ellipticus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites excavatus Kamptner 1955

Coccolithites ficula Stover 1966
= Retecapsa ficula
Coccolithites flabellus Caratini 1963
= Kamptnerius magnificus
Coccolithites flosculus Shumenko 1969

Coccolithites has 93 sub-taxa these are grouped in 3 pages
1 C. acu :: 2 C. gam :: 3 C. sul

Current identification/main database link: Unidentifiable nannofossil

Compiled data

Citation: Coccolithites Kamptner 1955
Rank: Genus
Type species: Not given
Language: DE
Farinacci catalog page (& compiler): 3022
Current citation: Unidentifiable nannofossil

Original Description



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Editors' Notes
Coccolithites was an invalid genus since no type species was designated and it was intended as a provisional taxon, hence all species described in the genus are considered invalid under ICBN unless revalidated later (Loeblich & Tappan 1966). This is perhaps convenient, since most of the species are unrecognisable from the illustrations.

The 70 species described in Coccolithites by Kamptner (1955) were mostly been revalidated, by Kamptner (1956), in the genera Calyptrolithus, Discolithus, and Cyclolithus. They were, however, all described from one sample (Rotti 168) with mediocre preservation and extensive reworking, they were only illustrated by line drawings and none of the species have been adopted in standard nannofossil taxonomy. Jafar (1975) attempted to re-identify the species using the type material but concluded it was neither possible nor useful. This is one of the clearest single cases of a set of taxa which should be formally suppressed.

The species described in Coccolithites by Bramlette and Sullivan (1961) have almost all been revalidated, mostly by Sullivan 1964. In this case Loeblich & Tappan (1966) regard the original descriptions as valid since they were described under the ICZN. However, we now always treat coccolithophores as an algal group, and under the ICBN the descriptions did need to be revalidated. To be really pedantic citations should probably be of the form Ellipsolithus macellus (Bramlette & Sullivan 1961 ex Sullivan 1964) or Ellipsolithus macellus (Sullivan 1964) rather than Ellipsolithus macellus (Bramlette & Sullivan 1961).

The putative Palaeozoic species described in Coccolithites by Deflandre (1970) have not been revalidated.


Bramlette, M. N. & Sullivan, F. R. (1961). Coccolithophorids and related nannoplankton of the Early Tertiary in California. Micropaleontology. 7(2): 129-188. gs

Deflandre, G. (1970). Présence de nannofossiles calcaires (coccolithes et incertae sedis) dans le Siluro-dévonien d'Afrique du Nord. Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Séances de l'Académie des Sciences, Paris. 270: 2916-2921. gs V O

Jafar, S. A. (1975). Calcareous nannoplankton from the Miocene of Rotti, Indonesia. Verhandelingen der Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Afdeling Natuurkunde. 28: 1-99. gs O

Kamptner, E. (1955). Fossile Coccolithineen-Skelettreste aus Insulinde. Eine mikropaläontologische Untersuchung. Verhandelingen der Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Afdeling Natuurkunde. ser 2, 50: 1-105. gs

Kamptner, E. (1956c). Zur Systematik und Nomenklatur der Coccolithineen. Anzeiger der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Mathematische-Naturwissenschafliche Klasse, Wien. 93: 4-11. gs V O

Loeblich, A. R. & Tappan, H. (1966). Annotated index and bibliography of the calcareous nannoplankton. Phycologia. 5: 81-216. gs

Noël, D. (1970). Coccolithes Crétacés: La Craie Campanienne du Bassin de Paris. Éditions du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris. -. gs

Sullivan, F. R. (1964). Lower Tertiary nannoplankton from the California Coast Ranges. I. Paleocene. University of California Publications in Geological Sciences. 44: 163-227. gs O


Coccolithites: Catalog entry compiled by Anna Farinacci. Viewed: 7-10-2022

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