Ericiolus sp. Y

Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Nannolith families inc sed -> Nannolith genera inc sed -> Ericiolus -> Ericiolus sp. Y
Sister taxa: E. frigidus, E. sp. Y, E. spiculiger, E. sp.


Citation: Ericiolus sp. Y Young et al., 2003
Rank: Species

Distinguishing features: Possibly related form, consisting of three bifurcate rays each with upturned end, and a central spine with terminal knob. Occasionally delicate laths extend up the central spine.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages:

Size: Collapsed coccospheres about 3 µm across, individual nannoliths about 0.4 µm across

Ecology & Biogeography: Specimens observed in Alboran Sea (W. Mediterranean), South Atlantic, South Pacific, Gulf of Mexico

Search data:
TagsLITHS: nannolith-radiate, star-shaped, CA: process,
CSPH: monomorphic,
MetricsLith size: 0.3->0.5µm; Segments: 3->3;
Data source notes: lith length from OD
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Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): Extant Data source: present in the plankton (Young et al. 2003)
First occurrence (base): within No known fossil record modern (0.00-0.00Ma, base in "Holocene" stage). Data source: [JRY rough estimate]

Plot of occurrence data:


Young, J. R., Geisen, M., Cros, L., Kleijne, A., Probert, I. & Ostergaard, J. B. (2003). A guide to extant coccolithophore taxonomy. Journal of Nannoplankton Research, Special Issue. 1: 1-132. gs V O


Ericiolus sp. Y compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 4-3-2021

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