Prinsius tenuiculus

Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Isochrysidales -> Prinsiaceae -> Prinsius -> Prinsius tenuiculus
Sister taxa: P. dimorphosus, P. tenuiculus, P. martinii, P. bisulcus, P. sp.


Citation: Prinsius tenuiculus (Okada and Thierstein, 1979) Perch-Nielsen, 1984
Rank: Species
Basionym: Biscutum? tenuiculum Okada & Thierstein (1979)
Taxonomic discussion: This species has been included in P. dimorphosus by some workers, and previously on Nannotax, but these circular forms appear to be consistently separable from elliptical P. dimorphosus.

Distinguishing features: Very small to small circular to subcircular placoliths with narrow, but distinct, central opening (‘bullseye’).

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: B. tenuiculum * , P. rosenkrantzii * , P. africanus *

Size: Type material 1.4-4 µm; Perch-Nielsen (1985) describes it as being larger (4-6µm).

Search data:
TagsLITHS: placolith, circular, CA: ca_conjunct, vacant,
CSPH: equant, monomorphic, CROSS-POLARS: rim-bicyclic, V-prominent, R-prominent,
MetricsLith size: 2->3.5µm;
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within NP4 zone (61.51-63.25Ma, top in Selandian stage). Data source: Perch-Nielsen (1985)
First occurrence (base): within NP1 zone (65.47-66.04Ma, base in Danian stage). Data source: Alvarez et al. (2019)

Plot of occurrence data:


Alvarez, S. A., Gibbs, S. J., Bown, P. R., Kim, H., Sheward, R. M. & Ridgwell, A. (2019). Diversity decoupled from ecosystem function and resilience during mass extinction recovery. Nature. 574: 242-248. gs

Okada, H. & Thierstein, H. R. (1979). Calcareous nannoplankton - Leg 43, Deep Sea Drilling Project. Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. 43: 507-573. gs V O

Perch-Nielsen, K. (1977a). Albian to Pleistocene calcareous nannofossils from the Western South Atlantic, DSDP Leg 39. Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. 39: 699-823. gs V O

Perch-Nielsen, K. (1979a). Calcareous nannofossil zonation at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary in Denmark. In, Birkelund, T. & Bromley, R. G. (eds) Proceedings Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary Events Symposium, Copenhagen, 1. Copenhagen 115-135. gs

Perch-Nielsen, K. (1981b). New Maastrichtian and Paleocene calcareous nannofossils from Africa, Denmark, and USA and the Atlantic, and some Paleocene lineages. Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae. 74(3): 831-863. gs V O

Perch-Nielsen, K. (1984b). Validation of new combinations. INA Newsletter. 6(1): 42-46. gs V O

Perch-Nielsen, K. (1985a). Cenozoic calcareous nannofossils. In, Bolli, H. M., Saunders, J. B. & Perch-Nielsen, K. (eds) Plankton Stratigraphy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 427-555. gs

Pospichal, J. J. & Wise, S. W. (1990a). Calcareous nannofossils across the K/T boundary, ODP hole 690C, Maud Rise, Weddell Sea. Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results. 113: 515-532. gs V O

Varol, O. (1998). Palaeogene. In, Bown, P. R. (ed.) Calcareous Nannofossil Biostratigraphy. British Micropalaeontological Society Publication Series. 200-224. gs


Prinsius tenuiculus compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 28-2-2021

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Jeremy Young (Tonbridge, UK)

thanks yes - ' ve added that now - although the taxonomy will be discussed more in a later paper. Jeremy

Juan P. Pérez Panera (Los Talas, Argentina)

Could you provide the reference for Alvarez et al (2019)? Thanks!

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