radiolaria - rads_cenozoic - Spongomelissa radiolaria - rads_cenozoic - Spongomelissa


Classification: rads_cenozoic -> Plagiacanthidae -> Sethoperidae -> Spongomelissa
Sister taxa: Acanthobotrys, Archiscenium, Callimitra, Cladoscenium, Clathrocanium, Clathrocorys, Clathromitra, Euscenium, Pteropilium, Spongomelissa, T. clavipes, Tripocalpis, Tripodiscinus, Verticillata
Daughter taxa (time control age-window is: 0-800Ma)
Spongomelissa adunca

neptune records: 14
Spongomelissa cucumella

neptune records: 12
Spongomelissa dilli

neptune records: 16
Spongomelissa sp.

neptune records: 9


Citation: Spongomelissa Haeckel 1887
Rank: genus
Basionym: Spongomelissa

Catalog entries: Spongomelissa

Original description: Sethopilida (vel Dicyrtida triradiata aperta) with three free lateral wings, or solid spines arising from the sides of the thorax. No terminal feet. Cephalis with one or more horns.

The genus Spongomelissa differs from its ancestral genus Lithomelissa only in the development of spongy framework in the shell-wall - a very rare production in the Cyrtoidea (compare Peripyramis, p. 1162, and Spongocyrtis, p. 1188).


Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): at top of Piacenzian Stage (100% up, 2.6Ma, in Piacenzian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database
First occurrence (base): at base of Danian Stage (0% up, 66Ma, in Danian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:


Haeckel, E (1887a). Report on the Radiolaria collected by H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-1876. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-1876. 18: 1-1803. gs O


Spongomelissa compiled by the radiolaria@mikrotax project team viewed: 26-3-2023

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