Papposphaera HOL

Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Holococcoliths -> open-tube -> Papposphaera HOL
Sister taxa: Calicasphaera, Papposphaera HOL, Trigonaspis

Daughter taxa (time control age-window is: 0-800Ma)
Papposphaera arctica HOL
Coccosphere elongate, varimorphic, CFCs higher and asymmetric, liths are only slightly widened distally.
Papposphaera polybotrys HOL
Coccosphere, spherical, dimorphic, CFCs larger and closed distally. Liths goblet-shaped, sub-circular base, narrow stem strongly flaring distally.
Papposphaera sagittifera HOL
Coccosphere spherical, varimorphic, tubes higher at flagellar pole. Coccoliths with tube, flaring distally.
Papposphaera sarion HOL
Coccosphere subspherical, varimorphic, tubes higher at flagellar pole. Coccoliths with long tube, weakly flaring distally
Papposphaera sp. HOL


Citation: Papposphaera HOL
Rank: Genus
Type species:
Synonyms: These holococcoliths were originally described as a discrete genus, Turrisphaera, but they are now known to be fromed on the alternate life-cycle phase of Papposphaera.

Distinguishing features: Tower-like holococcoliths formed from hexagonal crystallite groups.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: Turrisphaera *

Biology & life-cycles: All the described holococcolith species have extremely similar cocoliths and have been shown to form associations with Papposphaera heterococcolith phases.

See also: Papposphaera ;

Search data:
TagsLITHS: holococcolith, elliptical, cylindrical, hollow, CA: vacant, process, CROSS-POLARS: V-prominent, R-prominent,
MetricsLith size: 1->3.5µm; Coccosphere size: 7->15µm;
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Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): Extant Data source: Total of range of species in this database
First occurrence (base): at top of No known fossil record modern (100% up, 0Ma, in "Holocene" stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:


Manton, I., Sutherland, J. & Oates, K. (1976b). Arctic coccolithophorids: two species of Turrisphaera gen. nov. from West Greenland, Alaska, and the Northwest Passage. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences. 194: 179-194. gs


Papposphaera HOL compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 19-4-2021

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