Globigerinatheka curryi

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Globigerinidae -> Globigerinatheka -> Globigerinatheka curryi
Sister taxa: G. semiinvoluta, G. tropicalis, G. luterbacheri, G. euganea, G. index, G. curryi, G. barri, G. korotkovi, G. kugleri, G. mexicana, G. subconglobata, G. sp.,


Citation: Globigerinatheka curryi Proto Decima and Bolli 1970
Rank: Species
Basionym: Globigerinatheka curryi
Taxonomic discussion: The holotype of G. curryi was previously included by Bolli (1957) in G. kugleri, from which species, according to Proto Decima and Bolli (1970), it differs by its distinctly larger size, more robust wall and more restricted range. The specimens identified by Blow (1979) on his pl. 186, fig. 5 and pl. 192, figs. 2 and 3 as G. kugleri euganea are here included in G. curryi due to their subtriangular outline and the few supplementary apertures. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Catalog entries: Globigerinatheka curryi

Type images:

Distinguishing features: Test loosely coiled with deeply incised sutures, moderate spire, and inflated chambers.

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.
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Diagnostic characters: Globigerinatheka curryi is loosely coiled with deeply incised sutures and inflated chambers. It differs from G. kugleri by its longer initial spire with more numerous chambers and larger size; it differs from G. euganea by its shorter inner spire with fewer chambers, less numerous secondary apertures, less globular general shape, more moderate size of the last chambers and more distinct and depressed sutures especially in the outer whorl. Globigerinatheka curryi is morphologically close to G. luterbacheri from which it differs in having a lower spire resulting in a shape that is more subglobular. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Wall type: Spinose, cancellate with pores about 8 µm in diameter. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Test morphology: Test subglobular, with a subtriangular equatorial outline, two and a half whorls, inner spire low, composed of 6 to 7 small chambers increasing slowly in size as added, then increasing much faster becoming subspherical in the second whorl; 3 chambers in the last whorl, rapidly increasing with the penultimate chamber twice as large as the antepenultimate chamber, chambers globular except for the last which is hemispherical and appears smaller in spiral view due to its flattened shape. Coiling from low trochospiral to streptospiral with final few chambers covering previous whorl; sutures distinct even in the inner whorls, becoming progressively more depressed in the final stage. Primary aperture in the adult a low umbilical arch, two secondary low arched sutural apertures at the base of the last chamber above the sutures between the earlier chambers. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Size: Greatest diameter of holotype 0.56 mm. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Character matrix

test outline:Circularchamber arrangement:Envelopingedge view:Equally biconvexaperture:Extraumbilical-peripheral
sp chamber shape:Globularcoiling axis:Lowperiphery:N/Aaperture border:N/A
umb chbr shape:Globularumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Broadly roundedaccessory apertures:Umbilical
spiral sutures:Moderately depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Cancellateshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Moderately depressedfinal-whorl chambers:3.0-3.0 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution: This species is present in tropical to temperate regions, with large specimens only in tropical regions. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]
Aze et al. 2011 summary: Low to middle latitudes; based on Premoli Silva et al. (2006)

Isotope paleobiology: No data available. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]
Aze et al. 2011 ecogroup 1 - Open ocean mixed-layer tropical/subtropical, with symbionts. Based on very heavy δ13C and relatively light δ18O. Sources cited by Aze et al. 2011 (appendix S3): this study

Phylogenetic relations: Bolli (1972) considered both G. curryi and G. euganea as subspecies of G. subconglobata, although he also considered G. curryi to belong to the lineage leading to Orbulinoides beckmanni via G. euganea. In our opinion, G. curryi may have evolved from G. kugleri by decreasing the initial spire and number of chambers in final whorl, and thereby increasing chamber compaction. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Most likely ancestor: Globigerinatheka kugleri - at confidence level 3 (out of 5). Data source: Premoli Silva et al. 2006 f7.1.
Likely descendants: Globigerinatheka euganea;

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: This taxon has a short range from the middle part of Zone E9 to just above the base of Zone E11. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]
Last occurrence (top): in mid part of E11 zone (50% up, 41.1Ma, in Bartonian stage). Data source: Premoli Silva et al. 2006 f7.1
First occurrence (base): in upper part of E9 zone (60% up, 43.5Ma, in Lutetian stage). Data source: Premoli Silva et al. 2006 f7.1

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Premoli Silva et al. 2006 - Eocene Atlas, chap. 7, p. 179


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