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CATALOG OF ORIGINAL DESCRIPTIONS: Lophophaena thaumasia Caulet 1991

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Higher levels: rads_cat -> L -> Lophophaena -> Lophophaena thaumasia
Other pages this level: << < L. kojmatensis, L. larvata, L. leberu, L. liothorax, L. lynx, L. macrencephala, L. nadezdae, L. neuma, L. pileata, L. radians, L. rhopalica, L. rioplatensis, L. sibirica, L. simplex, L. tekopua, L. thaumasia, L. triangula

Lophophaena thaumasia

Citation: Lophophaena thaumasia Caulet 1991
taxonomic rank: species

Current identification:

Original Description

Two-segmented shell. Cephalis small, with two small dorso-lateral lobes, largely coalesced with the thorax. Apical spine included in the cephalic wall, protruding as a strong three-bladed apical horn as long as the cephalis. Vertical spine short, prolonged into an external, strong vertical spine, three-bladed. Lateral and dorsal spines extending briefly through the upper part of the thoracic wall. Collar stricture not marked. Pores subcircular, of various sizes, in irregular order. Termination ragged.

Length of the apical horn: 30-40 m; of the vertical spine: 20 µm; of the cephalis: 30-40 µm; of the thorax: 95-100 µm. Maximum breadth of the cephalis: 45-55 µm; of the thorax: 100-105 µm.

Thaumasia (Greek: peculiar).

Extra details from original publication
Remarks: Assignment of this species to the genus Lophophaena is not entirely satisfying. Like all Lophophaena species, its cephalis has a small ovoid shape with slightly marked dorso-lateral lobes that coalesce with the upper part of the thorax. However, the apical horn and the vertical spine are well-developed, like those of Lithomelissa and Psilomelissa representatives, but the cephalis is smaller, and lateral and dorsal spines do not protrude as external spines or feet.

Occurrence The FCO is in Sample 119-744A-12H-3, 53-55 cm (Oligocene/Miocene boundary). The LCO is unknown. Rare to common.


Caulet, J. (1991). Radiolarians from the Kerguelen Plateau, Leg 119. Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results. 119: 513-546. gs


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