Alicantina prolata

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Truncorotaloididae -> Alicantina -> Alicantina prolata
Sister taxa: A. prolata, A. lozanoi,


Citation: Alicantina prolata (Bolli 1957)
Rank: Species
Basionym: Globigerina prolata Bolli, 1957

Catalog entries: Globigerina prolata

Type images:

Distinguishing features: Like A. lozanoi but test smaller with 4–5 chambers in the final whorl, looser coiling and a lower spire.

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Diagnostic characters: Alicantina prolata differs from Alicantina lozanoi in having a smaller test size with 4–5 chambers in the final whorl, looser coiling and a lower spire.

Test morphology: Test small, low trochospiral, equatorial periphery moderately elongate, lobulate in outline; pe- ripheral margin rounded; in spiral view 4–4½ globular de-pressed, moderately embracing chambers in ultimate whorl, increasing rapidly in size, sutures radial or slightly curved, moderately depressed; in umbilical view 4½–5 globular, moderately embracing chambers, increasing moderately in size, sutures moderately depressed, straight; umbilicus a moderate sized opening, enclosed by surrounding chambers; aperture wide essentially intraumbilical, apparently slightly extraumbilical; in edge–view, chambers globular in shape, moderately embracing, aperture visible as a low arch. [Soldan et al. 2018]

Character matrix

test outline:Lobatechamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:Inequally biconvexaperture:Umbilical-extraumbilical
sp chamber shape:Globularcoiling axis:Lowperiphery:aperture border:N/A
umb chbr shape:Globularumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Broadly roundedaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Moderately depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Cancellateshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5┬Ám
umbilical or test sutures:Strongly depressedfinal-whorl chambers:4.0-5.0 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution: Widely recorded at low and mid-latitudes in (sub)tropical assemblages [Soldan et al. 2018]

Phylogenetic relations:

Probably evolved from a parasubbotinid-like taxon possessing a non-spinose wall texture in the early Eocene and is ancestral to Alicantina lozanoi. [Soldan et al. 2018]

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: Zone E4 (mid lower Eocene) to E8 (lower part of middle Eocene).
Last occurrence (top): within E8 zone (43.85-45.72Ma, top in Lutetian stage). Data source: Soldan et al. 2018
First occurrence (base): within E4 zone (52.54-54.61Ma, base in Ypresian stage). Data source: Soldan et al. 2018

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Soldan et al. 2018 p.48-49


Bolli, H. M. (1957d). The genera Globigerina and Globorotalia in the Paleocene-Lower Eocene Lizard Springs Formation of Trinidad. In, Loeblich, A. R. , Jr. , Tappan, H. , Beckmann, J. P. , Bolli, H. M. , Montanaro Gallitelli, E. & Troelsen, J. C. (eds) Studies in Foraminifera. U.S. National Museum Bulletin. 215: 61-82. gs :: ::

Postuma, J. A. (1962). Manual of planktonic foraminifera. Bataafse Internationale Petroleum Maatschappij N.V The Hague. -. gs :: ::

Soldan, D., Petrizzo, M. R. & Premoli Silva, I. (2018). Alicantina, a new Eocene planktonic foraminiferal genus for the lozanoi group. Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 38(1): 41-52. gs :: ::


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