Dentoglobigerina eotripartita

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Globigerinidae -> Dentoglobigerina -> Dentoglobigerina eotripartita
Sister taxa: D. juxtabinaiensis, D. binaiensis, D. sellii, D. tapuriensis ⟩⟨ D. baroemoenensis, D. larmeui, D. galavisi ⟩⟨ D. altispira, D. globosa, D. globularis ⟩⟨ D. prasaepis, D. pseudovenezuelana, D. taci, D. tripartita, D. eotripartita, D. venezuelana, D. sp.


Citation: Dentoglobigerina eotripartita Pearson, Wade, and Olsson, in Wade et al. 2018
Rank: species
Taxonomic discussion:

This species was initially identified in the Atlas of Eocene Planktonic Foraminifera (2006) as D. tripartita (Koch). At that time, an SEM of the tripartita holotype was unavailable and identification relied on a drawing of the holotype by Blow and Banner (1962), which was interpreted as a slightly deformed specimen, so we followed the well defined concept of this species set out by Blow (1969, 1979). The new holotype SEM of tripartita (Koch) (Pl. 11.14, Figs. 1-3) clearly shows, however, the large, robust, subspherical, test of this species, which is typical of the Oligocene, but is different from the specimens illustrated by Blow, and from D. cf. tripartita (Pearson and Wade, 2015). Dentoglobigerina eotripartita n. sp. is thus described to represent this smaller more compact morphotype typical of the Eocene, which was probably ancestral to the more robust tripartita sensu stricto. [Wade et al. 2018]

Catalog entries: Dentoglobigerina eotripartita

Type images:

Distinguishing features:

Like D. tripartita but smaller, and less spherical, less compressed/reniform overall morphology.

NB These concise distinguishing features statements are used in the tables of daughter-taxa to act as quick summaries of the differences between e.g. species of one genus.
They are being edited as the site is developed and comments on them are especially welcome.


Wall type: Normal perforate, cancellate, pustulose, probably spinose in life.

Morphology: Test, compact, globular, chambers arranged in a tight, low trochospiral, subcircular to subquadrate in equatorial outline, moderately lobate; in spiral view 3-3½ ovoid compressed chambers in ultimate whorl, increasing rapidly in size, sutures straight or slightly curved, depressed; in umbilical view 3 ovoid chambers in ultimate whorl, increasing rapidly in size, sutures straight and incised, umbilicus moderate in size, aperture centered deep in the umbilicus, bordered by a thin, irregular, subtriangular-shaped lip or tooth which tends to point down the opposing suture; in edge view test oval in outline, chambers ovoid in shape, ultimate chamber projects above and bends over the umbilicus. [Wade et al. 2018]

Size: Maximum diameter of holotype 0.42 mm, minimum diameter 0.34 mm, thickness 0.41 mm. [Wade et al. 2018]

Character matrix

test outline:Subquadratechamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:Equally biconvexaperture:Umbilical
sp chamber shape:Globularcoiling axis:Moderateperiphery:N/Aaperture border:Tooth
umb chbr shape:Globularumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Broadly roundedaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Moderately depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Cancellateshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Strongly depressedfinal-whorl chambers:0.0-0.0 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution: Global at low to mid-latitudes. [Wade et al. 2018]

Isotope paleobiology: Stable isotope data indicate a thermocline habitat, becoming deeper with increasing test size (Wade and Pearson, 2008, recorded as D. tripartita; see also Pearson and Wade, 2015). [Wade et al. 2018]

Phylogenetic relations: Dentoglobigerina eotripartita n. sp. descended from D. galavisi in the middle Eocene (Olsson and others, 2006) and probably gave rise to D. tripartita in the lower Oligocene (Pearson and Wade, 2015). [Wade et al. 2018]

Most likely ancestor: Dentoglobigerina galavisi - at confidence level 3 (out of 5). Data source: Wade et al. 2018.
Likely descendants: Dentoglobigerina tripartita;

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: The first appearance is in upper Eocene Zone E14 according to Olsson and others (2006) although the oldest figured specimen is from Zone E15 (Olsson and others, 2006, pl. 13.3, fig. 4). This form probably developed gradually into D. tripartita by becoming larger and more spherical. All of our illustrated specimens are from the upper Eocene, but the eotripartita like morphology persists in the record until at least the upper Oligocene Zone O7 (see the dissections of Blow, 1969, pl. 29, figs. 3 and 5, and the discussion under tripartita). Our youngest confirmed occurrence is from Zone O1. [Wade et al. 2018]
Last occurrence (top): within O2 zone (30.28-32.10Ma, top in Rupelian stage). Data source: Wade et al. 2018 f11.1
First occurrence (base): within E14 zone (35.89-37.99Ma, base in Bartonian stage). Data source: Olsson et al., 2006

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Wade et al. 2018 - Olig Atlas chap.11 p.342


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Wade, B. S., Pearson, P. N., Olsson, R. K., Fraass, A. J., Leckie, R. M. & Hemleben, C. (2018c). Taxonomy, biostratigraphy, and phylogeny of Oligocene and Lower Miocene Dentoglobigerina and Globoquadrina. In, Wade, B. S., Olsson, R. K., Pearson, P. N., Huber, B. T. & Berggren, W. A. (eds) Atlas of Oligocene Planktonic Foraminifera. Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, Special Publication. 46(Chap 11): 331-384. gs V O


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