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Michaelsarsia elegans

Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Syracosphaerales -> Syracosphaeraceae -> Michaelsarsia -> Michaelsarsia elegans
Sister taxa: M. adriaticus, M. elegans, M. sp.


Citation: Michaelsarsia elegans Gran, 1912
Rank: Species
Synonyms: NB It is not really possible to tell with any of these early descriptions if the taxon illustrated is M. elegans or M. adriaticus as currently understood but there is no reason to change the established nomenclature.

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Michaelsarsia): Coccosphere with apical appendages formed from string of three highly-modified coccoliths, supported by whorl coccoliths
This taxon: BCs elliptical; whorl and link coccoliths with wide opening

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: M. elegans * , H. vahseli * , M. splendens * , M. falklandica * , M. asymmetrica *


BCs - long elliptical; rim broad; axial structure is prominent mound, about 1/3 width of coccolith.
CFCs - spine solid or with narrow central canal.
Whorl coccoliths - with wide opening.
Link coccoliths - broad, sides well separated.


Ecology & Biogeography

Biology & life-cycles

Phylogenetic relations

Search data:
LITHS: murolith, elliptical, CA: ca_disjunct, grill, plate, process,
CSPH: elongated, AAC, appendages, CFC, XC, CROSS-POLARS: R-prominent, T-prominent,
Lith size: 1.8->2.5µm; Coccosphere size: 10->16µm; Liths per sphere: 45->90
Data source notes: lith length (BCs) from illustrated specimens; csph data from Cros & Fortuño 2003; lith numbers from Yang & Wei 2003, range inferred from single estimate
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): Extant. Data source: present in the plankton (Young et al. 2003)
First occurrence (base): within Quaternary Period (0.00-2.59Ma, base in Gelasian stage). Data source: [JRY rough estimate]

Plot of occurrence data:


Cros, L. & Fortuño, J. -M. (2002). Atlas of northwestern Mediterranean coccolithophores. Scientia Marina. 66: 1-186. gs V O

Gran, H. H. (1912). Pelagic plant life. In, Murray, J. & Hjort, J. (eds) The Depths of the Ocean. Macmillan, London 307-386. gs

Heimdal, B. R. & Gaarder, K. R. (1981). Coccolithophorids from the northern part of the eastern central Atlantic II. Heterococcolithophorids. “Meteor” Forschungsergebnisse. 33: 37-69. gs

Lohmann, H. (1912). Untersuchungen über das Pflanzen- und Tierleben der Hochsee, zugleich ein Bericht über die biologischen Arbeiten auf der Fahrt der "Deutschland" von Bremerhaven nach Buenos-Aires in der Zeit vom 7. Mai bis 7. September 1911. Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Meereskunde an der Universität Berlin, Neue Folge. A. Geographisch-naturwissenschaftliche Reihe. 1: 1-92. gs V O

Reid, F. M. H. (1980). Coccolithophorids of the North Pacific Central Gyre with notes on their vertical and seasonal distribution. Micropaleontology. 26(2): 151-176. gs

Winter, A., Reiss, Z. & Luz, B. (1979). Distribution of living coccolithophore assemblages in the Gulf of Elat ('Aqaba). Marine Micropaleontology. 4: 197-223. gs

Yang, T. -N., Wei, K. & Wu, J. -T. (2012). Marine coccolithophores around Taiwan. Biodiversity Research Center, Academica Sinica, Taipei. 1-96. gs

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. S1: 1-132. gs V O


Michaelsarsia elegans compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 29-1-2023

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