Eiffellithus eximius

Classification: ntax_mesozoic -> Eiffellithales -> Eiffellithaceae -> Eiffellithus -> Eiffellithus eximius
Sister taxa: E. eximius, E. lindiensis ⟩⟨ E. gorkae, E. keio, E. parallelus, E. pospichalii, E. turriseiffelii ⟩⟨ E. collis, E. equibiramus, E. parvus ⟩⟨ E. monechiae, E. praestigium, E. vonsalisiae, E. hancockii, E. paragogus ⟩⟨ E. primus, E. striatus, E. windii, E. sp.

Distinguishing features: Large Eiffellithus with axial or sub-axial cross bars, longer cross-bar often with bifurcate tips


Citation: Eiffellithus eximius (Stover, 1966) Perch-Nielsen, 1968
Rank: Species
Basionym: Clinorhabdus eximius Stover, 1966
Variants: Shamrock and Watkins (2009) infer that forms with and without bifurcations  are separate lineages and so divide E. eximus into forms with bifurcations (E. augustus) and those without (E. eximius) and further separate in each lineage forms with oblique crosses (20-45° from the long axis of the coccolith) and forms with axial crosses (0-20°) from the long axis). This leads to a scheme of four species. However, the forms intergrade and there appears to be remarkable parallelism in the evolution in the two sugested lineages. Likewise the smaller form E. nudus has virtually the same range as the larger typical E. eximius, so it is not clear that it is worth separating.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: C. eximius * , E. augustus + * , E. digitatus * , E. perchneilseniae [no catalog entry yet], E. nudus *

Distinguishing features: Large Eiffellithus with axial or sub-axial cross bars, longer cross-bar often with bifurcate tips

Most likely ancestor: Eiffellithus turriseiffelii - at confidence level 3 (out of 5). Data source: Verbeek 1977, Shamrock & Watkins 2009.

Search data:
TagsLITHS: murolith, elliptical, CA: cross-axial, ca_disjunct, plate, process, closed, CROSS-POLARS: rim-bicyclic, V-prominent, R-prominent,
MetricsLith size: 6->14µm;
Data source notes: Shamrock & Watkins (2009) - range of sizes of forms included here in E. eximius vs 7-11µm for E. eximius (ss)
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within UC15 zone (75.93-80.97Ma, top in Campanian stage). Data source: Burnett 1998 (zonal marker)
First occurrence (base): at base of UC8a subzone (0% up, 93Ma, in Turonian stage). Data source: Burnett 1998 (zonal marker), fig.6.3

Plot of occurrence data:


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Eiffellithus eximius compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 21-4-2021

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