pforams@mikrotax - Heterohelicidae pforams@mikrotax - Heterohelicidae


Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Guembelitrioidea -> Heterohelicidae
Sister taxa: Cassigerinellidae, Chiloguembelinidae, Guembelitriidae, Heterohelicidae
Daughter taxa (time control age-window is: 0-800Ma)Granddaughter taxa
Transition from biserial to uniserial portion of test very abrupt, occurring after first four or more pairs of biserial chambers, without an intervening interval of gradually increasing chamber overlap. Apertures on biserial portion interiomarginal with a small, narrow arch; apertures on uniserial chambers terminal, circular, and aligned in rectilinear fashion, without lip or toothplate. Wall calcareous, microperforate; surface smooth to finely pustulose.
Rectoguembelina cretacea
Rectoguembelina sp.


Zeauvigerina lodoensis
Zeauvigerina parri
Zeauvigerina zelandica
Zeauvigerina aegyptiaca
Zeauvigerina teuria
Zeauvigerina virgata
Zeauvigerina waiparaensis
Zeauvigerina sp.


Citation: Heterohelicidae Cushman, 1927
Rank: Family
Taxonomic discussion: Only simple, biserial forms survived into the Cenozoic. The latter portion of the test often becomes uniserial. [Olsson et al. 1999]

Catalog entries: Heterohelicidae

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Guembelitrioidea): Biserial, enrolled biserial and triserial taxa. Wall microperforate.
This taxon: Test biserial, may become multiple or uniserial; chambers, globular to ovoid in shape; wall smooth or with parallel ridges; aperture, a low, symmetrical arch, usually at base of last chamber, may have accessory sutural apertures.

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.


Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): in mid part of Priabonian Stage (48% up, 35.9Ma, in Priabonian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database
First occurrence (base): in mid part of Maastrichtian Stage (48% up, 69.2Ma, in Maastrichtian stage). Data source: Total of range of species in this database

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Olsson et al. 1999 - Atlas of Paleocene Planktonic Foraminifera, p. 93


Cushman, J. A. (1927a). An outline of a re-classification of the Foraminifera. Contributions from the Cushman Laboratory for Foraminiferal Research. 3: 1-105. gs

Huber, B. T., Olsson, R. K. & Pearson, P. N. (2006). Taxonomy, biostratigraphy, and phylogeny of Eocene microperforate planktonic foraminifera (Jenkinsina, Cassigerinelloita, Chiloguembelina, Streptochilus, Zeauvigerina, Tenuitella, and Cassigerinella) and Problematica (Dipsidripella). In, Pearson, P. N., Olsson, R. K., Hemleben, C., Huber, B. T. & Berggren, W. A. (eds) Atlas of Eocene Planktonic Foraminifera. Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, Special Publication . 41(Chap 16): 461-508. gs


Heterohelicidae compiled by the pforams@mikrotax project team viewed: 1-6-2023

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