Mercedesia aspiphora

Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Nannolith families inc sed -> Nannolith genera inc sed -> Mercedesia -> Mercedesia aspiphora
Sister taxa: M. aspiphora, M. multistellata, M. pusilla


Citation: Mercedesia aspiphora Thomsen & Ostergaard 2015
Rank: Species
Synonyms: Coccolithophorid sp. 1’ in Thomsen et al. 1988

Distinguishing features: Nannoliths sub-triangular, with slightly concave sides; distal side with sutural ribs and central nodule, ca 0.5µm across

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: M. aspiphora *

Ecology & Biogeography: Recorded from Arctic and Antarctic

Search data:
TagsLITHS: nannolith-radiate, star-shaped,
CSPH: equant, elongated, monomorphic,
MetricsLith size: 0.4->0.9µm; Segments: 3->3; Coccosphere size: 3->5µm;
Data source notes: cell & lith size from OD
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Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): Extant Data source: present in the plankton
First occurrence (base): within No known fossil record modern (0.00-0.00Ma, base in "Holocene" stage). Data source: [JRY 2016]

Plot of occurrence data:


Thomsen, H. A. & Ostergaard, J. B. (2015a). Coccolithophorids in Polar Waters: Mercedesia gen. nov., Ericiolus, Quaternariella and Porsildia gen. nov. Acta Protozoologica. 54: 155-169. gs V O

Thomsen, H. A., Buck, K. R., Coale, S. L., Garrison, D. L. & Gowing, M. M. (1988). Nanoplanktonic coccolithophorids (Prymnesiophyceae, Haptophyceae) from the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Nordic Journal of Botany. 8: 419-436. gs


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

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