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1 December 2018 Taxonomy and Operational Identification of Quaternary Species of Spiniferites and Related Genera
Laurent Londeix, Karin Zonneveld, Edwige Masure
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In this article, we are proposing an Identification Key for recognition of Quaternary Spiniferites species and some morphologically close Quaternary taxa of some related genera. We summarize the morphological features of 43 taxa (including three subspecies and one variety) based on the original description of the holotypes and sometimes supplemented by our observations. In addition to the Identification Key, we refer to published illustrations that feature both typical and atypical specimens for each taxon.

The compilation of this key gave us the opportunity to reconsider some taxonomic concepts, which resulted in two new combinations and an emendation: Hafniasphaera granulata (Mao 1989) comb. nov., emend. and Hafniasphaera multisphaera (Price and Pospelova 2014) comb. nov. In addition, we recommend that the names Spiniferites nodosus and Spiniferites pseudofurcatus subsp. obliquus be restricted to their holotype.

© 2018 The Author(s). Published by AASP – The Palynological Society This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Laurent Londeix, Karin Zonneveld, and Edwige Masure "Taxonomy and Operational Identification of Quaternary Species of Spiniferites and Related Genera," Palynology 42(S1), 45-71, (1 December 2018). https://doi.org/10.1080/01916122.2018.1465740
Published: 1 December 2018
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Dinoflagellate cysts
identification key
Quaternary
Spiniferites complex
taxonomy
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