Vexillarius cancellifer

Classification: ntax_cenozoic -> Coccolith families inc sed -> Papposphaeraceae -> Vexillarius -> Vexillarius cancellifer
Sister taxa: V. acerviphora, V. cancellifer, V. cereus, V. iaculifer, V. sp.


Citation: Vexillarius cancellifer Jordan & Chamberlain, 1992
Rank: Species
Taxonomic discussion: Andruleit & Jordan (2016) illustrate well-preserved specimens, and discuss the morphology and likely affinities in some detail.

Distinguishing features: Process flaring distally.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages: V. cancellifer *

Morphology: Body coccoliths are small (ca. 1 µm long) narrowly elliptical muroliths. Equatorial coccoliths have similar bases with long (5-7 µm) square section process, parallel sided in lower half then flaring distally, terminated by a quadrate structure.

Ecology & Biogeography: Lower photic zone,very rare.

See also: Turrilithus latericioides - another species with a quadrate spine and suggested to be related by Andruleit & Jordan 2016;

Search data:
TagsLITHS: murolith, elliptical, CA: ca_disjunct, vacant, process, closed,
CSPH: equant, elongated, BC-dimorphic,
MetricsLith size: 0.5->1µm; Liths per sphere: 70->130
Data source notes: lith size (BC diameter) from OD; 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 No known fossil record modern (0.00-0.00Ma, base in "Holocene" stage). Data source: [JRY rough estimate]

Plot of occurrence data:


Andruleit, A. & Jordan, R. W. (2016). Further observations on Vexillarius cancellifer Jordan & Chamberlain. Revue de Micropaléontologie. 59: 227-231. gs

Andruleit, H. & Jordan, R. W. (2017). Two new species of Vexillarius (Prymnesiophyceae) from the eastern Indian Ocean. Phycologia. 56(5): 510-516. gs

Jordan, R. W. & Chamberlain, A. H. L. (1992). Vexillarius cancellifer gen. et sp. nov., and its possible affinities with other living coccolithophorids. In, Hamrsmid, B. & Young, J. R. (eds) Nannoplankton Research, Proceedings of the 4th INA Conference, Prague 1991, vol II. Knihovnicka ZPN. 14b: 305-325. gs V O

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, Special Issue. 1: 1-132. gs V O


Vexillarius cancellifer compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 1-3-2021

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