Globigerinatheka euganea

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Globigerinidae -> Globigerinatheka -> Globigerinatheka euganea
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 euganea Proto Decima and Bolli 1970
Rank: Species
Basionym: Globigerinatheka euganea
Taxonomic discussion: At first sight G. euganea looks similar to Cushman’s original drawing of the G. mexicana
holotype, as redrawn by Blow and Saito (1968a). However, the SEM photographs of the mexicana holotype clearly show that the two species are not conspecific. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Catalog entries: Globigerinatheka euganea

Type images:

Distinguishing features: Test compact, spherical, with small, numerous secondary apertures in some specimens.

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.


Diagnostic characters: Globigerinatheka euganea has a compact, spherical test, with small, numerous secondary apertures in some specimens. It differs from G. curryi by having a more compact test, a tighter inner coil and more numerous and smaller secondary apertures. It differs from G. luterbacheri by having a more spherical test and less depressed sutures; it differs from beckmanni by less numerous, slightly larger secondary apertures, rarely recorded along the inner spire, and by the absence of areal openings. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

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

Test morphology: Test almost spherical, mainly 2 to possibly 2½ early whorls coiled in a low trochospire consisting of four to six inflated chambers; chambers initially increase very slowly in size as they are added, then more rapidly, becoming more globular; the last 3 chambers, which increase very rapidly in size, are streptospirally coiled with the last chamber tending to be hemispherical and covering the umbilicus of previous whorls; the last chamber may be of the same size as the penultimate one or larger; sutures distinct, weakly depressed in the earlier whorl becoming clearly depressed in the intermediate whorls, tending to be less depressed between the last chambers; primary aperture covered in the adult stage; two to three, occasionally four small arched to subcircular secondary apertures along the base of the last chamber at the junctions of previous chambers, that may be covered by small bullae. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Size: Maximum diameter of holotype 0.53 mm. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Character matrix

test outline:Circularchamber arrangement:Envelopingedge view:Equally biconvexaperture:Umbilical
sp chamber shape:Globularcoiling axis:Lowperiphery:N/Aaperture border:N/A
umb chbr shape:Globularumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Broadly roundedaccessory apertures:Sutural
spiral sutures:Moderately depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Spinoseshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Moderately depressedfinal-whorl chambers:3.0-4.0 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution: Low to mid-latitudes. Large specimens mainly in tropical regions or warmer mid latitudes. [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: According to Bolli (1972), G. euganea is the intermediate member of the curryi - euganea - beckmanni lineage. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

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

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: Globigerinatheka euganea has a short stratigraphic range, from the upper part of Zone E10 to mid Zone E12. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]
Last occurrence (top): within E12 zone (39.97-40.40Ma, top in Bartonian stage). Data source: Premoli Silva et al. 2006 f7.1
First occurrence (base): within E10 zone (41.89-43.23Ma, base 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. 180


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