Coccolithophorids in Polar Waters: Mercedesia gen. nov., Ericiolus, Quaternariella and Porsildia gen. nov.
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Coccolithophorid samples from arctic and antartic regions have been examined for an update on species morphology, life history aspects and biogeography for the coccolithophorid genera Ericiolus and Quaternariella and two other genera here described as new. Mercedesia gen. nov. comprises three new species, M. aspiphora sp. nov. from both polar regions, the arctic M. multistellata sp. nov. and the Antarctic M. pusilla sp. nov. The genus is characterized by its monomorphic nannoliths that are shaped like three-armed stars. The new arctic monospecific genus Porsildia gen. nov. is established for the heterococcolith-bearing species P. acerviphora sp. nov. Combination cells, from the arctic region, bearing holococcoliths of Quaternariella obscura and previously undescribed heterococcoliths, with a Papposphaeracean affinity, are described here for the first time.
18 - 09 - 2015
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