Heterohelix vistulaensis

Classification: pf_mesozoic -> Heterohelicidae -> Heterohelix -> Heterohelix vistulaensis
Sister taxa: H. americana, H. labellosa, H. sphenoides, H. stenopos, H. vistulaensis, H. sp.,


Citation: "Heterohelix" vistulaensis Peryt 1980
Rank: Species
Basionym: Heterohelix vistulaensis
Taxonomic discussion: Provisionally placed in "Heterohelix" pending taxonomic revision of Late Cretaceous biserial taxa.
From Peryt, 1980: "The position of the last pair of chambers is not in the plane of the other part of the test distinguishes the new species from all species of Heterohelix hitherto described. H. vistulaensis n. sp. is similar to H. pulchra (BROTZEN) in having two reniform terminal chambers but diners in (1) the development of the older part of the test, (2) the size of the ultimate pair of chambers compared with the size of the whole test, (3) the position of the last pair of chambers not in the test axis, (4) smaller test, and- (5) test ornamentation."

Type images:

Original description: Test biserial, usually consisting of 5-6 pairs of chambers; periphery in initial portion entire, later indented; chambers slightly inflated, barrel-shaped to subglobular, increasing regularly in size as added with the exception of chambers of the final pair which increase sharply in size and constitute 1/2-1/3 of test length; chambers of final pair somewhat flattened, reniform, overlapping; chambers of the penultimate pair partly or completely overlapped; chambers of final pair are deflected in one side thus forming a depression between final pair and earlier part of test; final pair of chambers is nearly twice as wide as long and often wider than the length of the test; sutures distinctly depressed, slightly oblique in regard to test axis; wall with discontinuous, delicate costae; primary aperture interiomarginal, a high arch; gerontic specimens with one additional pair of chambers, globular, lying in normal surface to the earlier part of test, and equal in size to the remainder of the test. Specimens included among this species may differ to some extent in test length, in size and shape of the last pair of chambers as well as in degree of its deflection from the axis of test.

Entries in the Catalog of original descriptions: Heterohelix vistulaensis

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within A. mayaroensis zone (67.30-69.18Ma, top in Maastrichtian stage). Data source: [copied from Chronos database]
First occurrence (base): within A. mayaroensis zone (67.30-69.18Ma, base in Maastrichtian stage). Data source: [copied from Chronos database]

Plot of occurrence data:

Dec 2017 - Plotting of Neptune data has been re-enabled on the Mesozoic pages following revision of the age-models in Neptune. The data is, however, still very sparse for the Early Cretaceous

  • (NB There is no histogram as there are no occurrence records for the taxon in the Neptune database) Parent: Heterohelix

    Character matrix

    test outline:Subtriangularchamber arrangement:Biserialedge view:Compressedaperture:Interiomarginal
    sp chamber shape:Reniformcoiling axis:N/Aperiphery:N/Aaperture border:Thin flange
    umb chbr shape:Reniformumbilicus:N/Aperiph margin shape:Moderately roundedaccessory apertures:N/A
    spiral sutures:Moderately depressedumb depth:N/Awall texture:Finely pustuloseshell porosity:Microperforate: <1┬Ám
    umbilical or test sutures:Moderately depressedfinal-whorl chambers:2.0-2.0 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable


    Peryt, D. (1980). Planktic foraminifera zonation of the Upper Cretaceous in the middle Vistula River valley, Poland. Palaeontologia Polonica. 41: 1-123. gs :: ::


    Heterohelix vistulaensis compiled by the pforams@mikrotax project team viewed: 27-5-2020

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