Original descriptions of taxa. For coccolithophores, and many calcispheres, these are pages from the Catalog of Calcareous Nannofossils. In other cases (e.g. non-calcifying haptophytes) the data is directly compiled on this site. The "Catalogue of Calcareous Nannofossils" was compiled by Prof A. Farinacci 1969-1989 and updated by Richard Howe 2000-2016 - see also this page.
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Current identification:Compiled data
Elliptical placoliths composed of two narrow shields and a third, narrow, proximally-situated collar-cycle which is variable in height. The central-area is broad and open; no central structures have yet been observed. The LM image is dark, although the collar-cycle is brighter. Element curvature is dextrogyre in the distal shield and suture obliquity is broadly dextral (clockwise). In the proximal shield these orientations are the same when viewed proximally. Suture curvature in the collar-cycle is laevogyre when viewed proximally; element imbrication is anticlockwise (for T. verenae). The crystallography of these coccoliths has not yet been determined.