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Coccolithus pelagicus.jpg
Coccolithus pelagicus
(Coccolithaceae, Coccolithales)
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Haptophyta
Class: Prymnesiophyceae s.s.
Casper, 1972, ex Hibberd, 1976
  • Coccolithophyceae Rothmaler, 1951
  • Haptophyceae s.s. Christensen, 1962 ex Silva, 1980
  • Patelliferea Cavalier-Smith, 1993

Prymnesiophyceae is a haptophyte class.[1] Although it was originally described by Casper in 1972, it did not receive a Latin diagnosis (a requirement for valid publication under the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature) until Hibberd provided one in 1976.[2]


  1. ^ Lewis, Jane; Brodie, Juliet (2007). Unravelling the algae: the past, present, and future of algae systematics. Boca Raton: CRC Press. p. 186. ISBN 0-8493-7989-X. 
  2. ^ Guiry, M.D.; Guiry, G.M. (2008). "Prymnesiophyceae". AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.