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Morozovella marginodentata

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Truncorotaloididae -> Morozovella -> Morozovella marginodentata
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 marginodentata (Subbotina 1953)
taxonomic rank: Species
Basionym: Globorotalia marginodentata
Taxonomic discussion: Placement of this taxon is extremely difficult. “Typical” specimens of marginodentata are denoted by their marginally compressed/scalloped chambers and thickly muricate periphery. However, in most early Eocene (sub)tropical fossil assemblages intergradation of these morphologies with “typical” morphologies of M. gracilis and M. subbotinae exist. Blow (1979, p. 1025, 1026) drew attention to the development of marginodentate ornament on both a subbotinae and gracilis morphotype, interpreted the marginodentate forms as “extreme phenotypes developed under particular environmental conditions...” and observed that “the ‘marginodentate’ forms appear to occur only in areas of high biotic productivity”. He chose to view these ecophenotypes nomenclatorially as extreme forms of subbotinae (sensu stricto) and denoted them as G. (M.) subbotinae forma marginodentata. Berggren (1971, p. 76) expressed similar views in suggesting that marginodentata may be an ecophenotype of gracilis. We retain the name marginodentata here for forms possessing the distinctly thick and broad peripheral muricocarina. [Berggren & Pearson 2006]

Catalog entries: Globorotalia marginodentata, Truncorotalia marginodentata aperta

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: Morphotype, with pronounced peripheral compression of the chambers on the umbilical side and a thick muricocarina formed form long muricae.

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.


Low trochospiral, biconvex, oval to subcircular test with lobulate, thick and strongly fimbriate muricocarina; chambers on umbilical side moderately inflated, depressed towards periphery; flat on spiral side; 4.5 - 5 chambers in last whorl, (sub)triangular, compressed along peripheral margin, rising gradually towards umbilicus; sutures straight to weakly recurved, radial, depressed; aperture a low, umbilical-extraumbilical arch or slit extending towards, but not to, the periphery; umbilicus narrow, deep; in spiral view approximately 10-12 chambers in 2.5 whorls; early chambers heavily muricate and elevated above test surface; chambers lens-shaped to semicircular, intercameral sutures curved, strongly muricate, elevated above test surface; scalloped peripheral muricocarinate periphery characterized by dense concentration of conical or long slender muricae and the fusion/coalescence of muricae; in edge view low to moderately biconvex; early chambers elevated above later whorl(s); low to medium conical angle (< 45° to ~75°). [Berggren & Pearson 2006]

Wall type:
Densely muricate on both sides, nonspinose, normal perforate. [Berggren & Pearson 2006]

Holotype Diameter: 0.43 mm; thickness/width: 0.24 mm (Subbotina, 1953, p. 213) [Berggren & Pearson 2006]

Character matrix
test outline:Subcircularchamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:Equally biconvexaperture:Umbilical-extraumbilical
sp chamber shape:Petaloidcoiling axis:Lowperiphery:Muricocarinateaperture border:N/A
umb chbr shape:Subtriangularumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Subangularaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Raised muricateumb depth:Deepwall texture:Coarsely muricateshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Moderately depressedfinal-whorl chambers:4.5-5 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution

Widely distributed in (sub)tropical regions (Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Pacific region, North Caucasus) [Berggren & Pearson 2006]
Aze et al. 2011 summary: Low latitudes; based on Berggren & Pearson (2006)

Isotope paleobiology
No data available. [Berggren & Pearson 2006]
Aze et al. 2011 ecogroup 1 - Open ocean mixed-layer tropical/subtropical, with symbionts; based on comparison with other species of the genus.

Phylogenetic relations
This morphotype is closely related to the subbotinae-gracilis group. It probably evolved from M. subbotinae and does not appear to have left any descendants. [Berggren & Pearson 2006]

Most likely ancestor: Morozovella subbotinae - at confidence level 3 (out of 5). Data source: Berggren & Pearson (2006) f11.1.

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: Zone P5 to Zone E5. [Berggren & Pearson 2006]
Last occurrence (top): in mid part of E5 zone (50% up, 51.6Ma, in Ypresian stage). Data source: Berggren & Pearson (2006) f11.1
First occurrence (base): in upper part of P5 zone (80% up, 56.2Ma, in Thanetian stage). Data source: Berggren & Pearson (2006) f11.1

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Berggren & Pearson 2006 - Eocene Atlas, chap. 11, p. 368


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