Stephanolithion laffittei

Classification: ntax_mesozoic -> hidden -> deleted -> Stephanolithion laffittei
Sister taxa: << < O. prasina, O. rhombica, Orthopithonella, O. geometrica, O. misurinae, P. fletcheri, P. bownii, P. geometrica, P. triassica subsp. punctata, P. triassica subsp. triassica, P. charlotteii, P. fistulatus, S. pseudobiskayae, S. gephyrion, S. acutiferrus, S. laffittei, Thoracosphaera, T. wombatensis, Z. sisyphus, W. communis, L. primigenius, C. crucifer, T. senarius, Z. elegans, S. cotortuosus, N. funiculus group, L. imprimus, S. humilis

Distinguishing features: Sub-circular Stephanolithion with central cross and short rim spines


Citation: Stephanolithion laffittei Noël, 1957
Rank: species
Taxonomic discussion: Widely used for Rotelapillus coccoliths with central area spanned by eight radial bars and equivalent in sense to Rotelapillus crenulatus (Stover, 1966). However, the two type sketches (from the uppermost Jurassic) of laffittei are of different looking species, neither of which looks like the ‘crenulatus’ species concept. For further information, see Rotelapillus crenulatus.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: S. laffittei *

Distinguishing features: Sub-circular Stephanolithion with central cross and short rim spines

Search data:
MetricsLith size: 0->0µm;
The morphological data given here can be used on the advanced search page. See also these notes

See also: Rotelapillus crenulatus ;

Geological Range:
Notes: The numerous occurrences recorded in the Neptune database will almost entirely be of Rotelapillus crenulatus
Last occurrence (top): within Late Jurassic Epoch (145.01-163.47Ma, top in Tithonian stage). Data source: Bown & Cooper 1998
First occurrence (base): within Late Jurassic Epoch (145.01-163.47Ma, base in Oxfordian stage). Data source: Bown & Cooper 1998

Plot of occurrence data:


Bown, P. R. & Cooper, M. K. E. (1998). Jurassic. In, Bown, P. R. (ed.) Calcareous Nannofossil Biostratigraphy. British Micropalaeontological Society Publication Series. 34-85. gs

Noël, D. (1957). Coccolithes des terrains Jurassiques de l'Algérie. Publications du Service de la Carte Géologique de l'Algérie (Nouvelle Série) Bulletin. 8: 303-385. gs


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

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