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Morozovella aequa

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Truncorotaloididae -> Morozovella -> Morozovella aequa
Sister taxa: M. caucasica, M. crater, M. aragonensis, M. lensiformis ⟩⟨ M. marginodentata, M. formosa, M. gracilis, M. subbotinae, M. aequa, M. apanthesma ⟩⟨ M. edgari, M. allisonensis, M. acuta, M. occlusa, M. acutispira, M. pasionensis, M. velascoensis, M. conicotruncata, M. angulata, M. praeangulata, M. sp.


Citation: Morozovella aequa (Cushman and Renz 1942)
taxonomic rank: Species
Basionym: Globorotalia crassata aequa
Taxonomic discussion: This taxon has a complicated and intricate taxonomic history due, in no small part, to the (minor) morphologic variability (and resulting complex nomenclature) ascribed to this species (see discussion by Blow, 1979:975- 982). Cushman and Renz (1942) described a subquadrate, planoconvex, carinate morozovellid from the terminal Paleocene of Trinidad, which has come to serve as the central type of a plexus of late Paleocene to early Eocene forms generally linked by the features listed in the diagnosis above; however, we see little justification, or utility, in using these minor morphologic differences in distinguishing the forms listed in the synonymic list above. [Olsson et al. 1999]

Catalog entries: Globorotalia crassata aequa, Globorotalia lacerti, Globorotalia praenartanensis, Globorotalia loeblichi, Globorotalia (Morozovella) aequa tholiformis, Globorotalia aequa bullata

Type images:

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Morozovella): Test typically plano-convex, chambers strongly anguloconical.
Wall strongly pustulose (muricate) on parts of spire and umbilicus. Most species with muricocarina.

This taxon: Like M. apanthesma but with less chambers (usually 4), more involute coiling (and so a more closed umbilicus) and a peripheral muricocarina.

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.


Character matrix
test outline:Lobatechamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:Planoconvexaperture:Umbilical-extraumbilical
sp chamber shape:Petaloidcoiling axis:Moderate-highperiphery:Muricocarinateaperture border:N/A
umb chbr shape:Subtriangularumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Subangularaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Raised muricateumb depth:Deepwall texture:Moderately muricateshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Moderately depressedfinal-whorl chambers:4-5 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution

Morozovella aequa is a geographically widespread species, having been recorded from areas circumscribed by latitudes 50°N (Goban Spur, northeastern Atlantic Ocean; Snyder and Waters, 1985) and 50°S (Falkland Plateau; Tjalsma, 1977); it occurs as far south as nearly 60° (Kerguelen Plateau; Berggren, 1992) during the brief early Eocene (Zone P6) temporal excursion of (sub)tropical morozovellids. [Olsson et al. 1999]
Aze et al. 2011 summary: Cosmopolitan; based on Olsson et al. (1999)

Isotope paleobiology
Morozovella aequa has more positive δ13C and more negative δ18O than Subbotina and Globanomalina and a similar isotopic signature to coexisting morozovellids, such as M. velascoensis (Lu and Keller, 1996; Berggren and Norris, 1997). [Olsson et al. 1999]
Aze et al. 2011 ecogroup 1 - Open ocean mixed-layer tropical/subtropical, with symbionts. Based on very heavy _13C and relatively light _18O. Sources cited by Aze et al. 2011 (appendix S3): Lu & Keller (1996); Berggren & Norris (1997)

Phylogenetic relations
Morozovella aequa evolved from M. apanthesma through concomitant reduction in the number of chambers and the development of both more involute coiling (resulting in a more closed umbilicus) and a peripheral muricocarina. We have observed this transition both in our material and particularly at DSDP Site 384, where it occurs at the base of Zone P4c together with the appearance of various acarininid taxa of the soldadoensis and primitiva !coalingensis plexus in the younger part of Chron C25r. We have not found this form in lower parts of the stratigraphic record (cf. Blow, 1979; Lu and Keller, 1995). [Olsson et al. 1999]

Most likely ancestor: Morozovella apanthesma - at confidence level 4 (out of 5). Data source: Olsson et al. (1999) f5a.
Likely descendants: Morozovella subbotinae; plot with descendants

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: Zone P4c to Zone P7. [Olsson et al. 1999]
Last occurrence (top): at top of E5 zone (100% up, 50.7Ma, in Ypresian stage). Data source: Olsson et al. (1999) f5a
First occurrence (base): at base of P4c subzone (0% up, 57.8Ma, in Thanetian stage). Data source: Olsson et al. (1999) f5a

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Olsson et al. 1999 - Atlas of Paleocene Planktonic Foraminifera, p. 57


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