A discussion and proposal concerning the use of the term calcispheres

Journal article
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Publication Details

Author(s): Versteegh GJ, Servais T, Munnecke A, Streng M, Vachard D
Journal: Palaeontology
Publication year: 2009
Volume: 52
Journal issue: 2
Pages range: 343-348
ISSN: 0031-0239
eISSN: 1475-4983
Language: English


The terminology and grouping of spherical, calcareous microfossils of unknown biological affinity, usually referred to as calcispheres, are diffuse. The term calcispheres is inconsistently used, the morphological and taxonomical concepts are mostly ill-defined and a formal definition is lacking. To resolve this issue, we propose, in analogy with the erection of the Acritarcha for organic microfossils of unknown origin, a new group called Calcitarcha, including all calcareous microfossils with a central cavity for which the biological affinities remain unknown. © The Palaeontological Association, 2009.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Munnecke, Axel Prof. Dr.
Professur für Paläontologie (Schwerpunkt Faziesanalyse)

External institutions with authors

Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI)
LILLE 1 University - Science and Technology
Uppsala University

How to cite

Versteegh, G.J., Servais, T., Munnecke, A., Streng, M., & Vachard, D. (2009). A discussion and proposal concerning the use of the term calcispheres. Palaeontology, 52(2), 343-348. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4983.2009.00854.x

Versteegh, Gerard J.M., et al. "A discussion and proposal concerning the use of the term calcispheres." Palaeontology 52.2 (2009): 343-348.


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