Class Coccolithophyceae Rothmaler 1951 (haptophyte alga)

Coccolithophyceae

Synonym: Prymnesiophyceae Hibberd 1976

Full reference: W. Rothmaler. 1951. Die Abteilungen und Klassen der Pflanzen. Feddes Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 54:256-266

Parent taxon: Haptophyta according to P.C. Silva et al. 2007

See also Young and Bown 1997

Sister taxa: Discoasteridae, Helicosphaera, Reticulofenestra, Syracosphaera, Umbilicosphaera

Subtaxa: Arkhangelskiales Calcidiscus Calyptrosphaeraceae Coccolithales Cyclicargolithus Eiffellithales Eodiscoaster Goniolithaceae Isochrysidales Lapideacassaceae Phaeocystales Podorhabdales Prymnesiales Prymnesiophycidae Sphenolithus Stephanolithiales Syracosphaerales Watznaueriales Zygodiscales

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Ecology: passively mobile planktonic "photoautotroph"

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