Identification key for Pliocene and Quaternary Spiniferites taxa bearing intergonal processes based on observations from estuarine and coastal environments
|Author(s)||Limoges Audrey1, 2, Londeix Laurent3, Mertens Kenneth4, 5, Rochon Andre6, Pospelova Vera7, Cuellar Tomasa8, de Vernal Anne9|
|Affiliation(s)||1 : Geol Survey Denmark & Greenland GEUS, Dept Glaciol & Climate, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2 : Univ New Brunswick, Dept Earth Sci, 2 Bailey Dr, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada.
3 : Univ Bordeaux, UMR 5805 EPOC, CS50023,Allee Geoffroy St Hillaire, Pessac, France.
4 : Univ Ghent, Res Unit Palaeontol, Ghent, Belgium.
5 : IFREMER, LER BO, Stn Biol Marine, Pl Croix, Concarneau, France.
6 : Univ Quebec Rimouski, Inst Sci Mer ISMER, Rimouski, PQ, Canada.
7 : Univ Victoria, Sch Earth & Ocean Sci, Victoria, BC, Canada.
8 : Univ Nacl Autonoma Mexico, Posgrad Ciencias Mar & Limnol, Mexico City, DF, Mexico.
9 : Univ Quebec Montreal, Dept Sci Terre & Atmosphere, Geotop, Montreal, PQ, Canada.
|Source||Palynology (0191-6122) (Taylor & Francis Inc), 2018-12 , Vol. 42 , N. Supl.1 , P. 72-88|
|WOS© Times Cited||9|
|Note||Special issue : 10.1080/01916122.2018.1465733|
|Keyword(s)||Dinoflagellate cyst, taxonomy, description, morphological variability, emendations|
The use of dinoflagellate cyst assemblages as a tool for palaeo-environmental reconstructions strongly relies on the robustness of cyst identification and existing information on the distribution of the different species. To this purpose, we propose a functional key for the identification of Pliocene and Quaternary Spiniferites bearing intergonal processes and depict the range of morphological variation of the different species on the basis of new observations from estuarine and coastal regions. Accordingly, the description of Spiniferites mirabilis is emended to include the new subspecies Spiniferites mirabilis subsp. serratus. We also report the occasional presence of intergonal processes in Spiniferites bentorii and Spiniferites belerius. This key aims to facilitate identification of this group of Spiniferites bearing intergonal processes and standardize cyst identification among researchers.