CATALOG OF ORIGINAL DESCRIPTIONS: Lithatractus lobatus Haeckel 1887

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Higher levels: rads_cat -> L -> Lithatractus -> Lithatractus lobatus
Other pages this level: L. birostratus, L. carduelis, L. cirsium, L. conifer, L. conostylus, L. convallaria, L. echiniscus, L. floridus, L. fragilis, L. gamoporus, L. hederae, L. hexagonalis, L. jugatus, L. leptostylus, L. lobatus, L. miocaenica, L. nucleolus, L. nuphar, L. pachystylus, L. pierinae, L. pterosphaerus, L. rosetta, L. santaeannae, L. santaeannae pusillus, L. timmsi, L. timmsi quadrispinus

Lithatractus lobatus

Citation: Lithatractus lobatus Haeckel 1887
Rank: species
Type repository: No information given
Described on page(s) : p.322
Family (traditional): Actinommidae
Family (modern): Amphisphaeridae

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Current identification:

Original Description
Outer shell thick walled, smooth, with irregular, roundish pores, four to eight times as hroad as the bars; six to eight on the half equator. Margin of the pores lobed, very irregular, bluntly dentate, by five to twenty slight incisions. Proportion of the major axis to the minor very variable, between 3: 2 and 9: 8. Diameter of the inner shell also variable, between one-third and one-half of the outer; pores of the former scarcely half the size of the latter, simple, roundish, or circular. The inner shell is at some parts quite spherical, at other parts more or less ellipsoidal. Polar spines conical, very variable in size and form, sometimes in the basal half triangular; they are sometimes somewhat longer than the main axis, at other times considerably shorter; their basal breadth is occasionally the same as that of the largest pores, sometimes, however, scarcely half as large. This deep-sea species is very common in the central area of the Tropical Pacific (Stations 266 to 272), and occurs also fossil in the Barbados deposits. It is interesting from its great variability, and sometimes constitutes a transitional form to Stylosphaera.

Longer axis of the outer shell 0.1 to 0.15, shorter axis 0.05 to 0.12; pores 0.018 to 0.024, bars 0.002 to 0.004; diameter of the inner shell 0.04 to 0.08; length of the polar spines 0.08 to 0.2, basal thickness 0.01 to 0.02.

Editors' Notes
There was no illustration of this species in Haeckel (1887)
Haeckel listed Lithatractus lobatus under the subgeneric name Lithatractona, but did not include the subgeneric name in the species name.

Stratigraphic information for LM21 from Riedel, 1959, p.287


Haeckel, E (1887). 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 year 1873-1876, Zoology. 18: 1-1803. gs

Riedel, W. R. (1959). Oligocene and Lower Miocene Radiolaria in tropical Pacific sediments. Micropaleontology. 5(3): 285-302. gs


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