Heliolithaceae


Ancestry: Coccolithophores -> Discoasterales -> Heliolithaceae
Sister taxa: Discoasteraceae, Fasciculithaceae, Heliolithaceae, Sphenolithaceae,

Short diagnosis: Discoidal discoasteralids with several distinct cycles including at least one that is birefringent.


Daughter taxa (blue => in age window 0-300Ma) Granddaughter taxa
Discoidal discoasteralids with a wide non-birefringent cycle and at least one narrower birefringent cycle, i.e., narrower than the diameter of the nannolith.

Discoidal discoasteralids with birefringent appearance.

Taxonomy:

Citation: Heliolithaceae Hay & Mohler, 1967
Rank: Family
Notes & discussion: Group of nannoliths closely allied to the discoasters, and probably transitional between typically VR heterococcolith morphology and the more derived, single crystal-unit form of Discoaster.

Farinacci & Howe catalog pages:

Short diagnosis: Discoidal discoasteralids with several distinct cycles including at least one that is birefringent.

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within Ypresian Stage (47.84-55.96Ma, top in Ypresian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database
First occurrence (base): within Selandian Stage (59.24-61.61Ma, base in Selandian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:

References:

Hay, W.W. & Mohler, H.P., (1967). Calcareous nannoplankton from Early Tertiary rocks at Point Labau, France and Paleocene-Early Eocene correlations. Journal of Paleontology, 41(6): 1505-1541.


Nannotax3 - Coccolithophores - Heliolithaceae by: Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jacqueline A. Lees viewed: 24-3-2017

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