Acarinina alticonica

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Truncorotaloididae -> Acarinina -> Acarinina alticonica
Sister taxa: A. medizzai, A. collactea, A. pentacamerata, A. aspensis, A. interposita, A. echinata, A. pseudosubsphaerica, A. alticonica, A. soldadoensis, A. cuneicamerata, A. angulosa, A. africana, A. sibaiyaensis, A. esnehensis, A. mckannai, A. subsphaerica ⟩⟨ A. bullbrooki, A. punctocarinata, A. boudreauxi, A. rohri, A. topilensis, A. praetopilensis, A. mcgowrani> >>


Citation: Acarinina alticonica Fleisher 1974
Rank: Species
Basionym: Acarinina mattseensis alticonica
Taxonomic discussion: This is a distinct early Eocene acarininid with superficial resemblance to the (predominantly) Paleocene morphotype Acarinina subsphaerica (Shutskaya). Blow (1979, p. 907) drew attention to these similarities in describing his new species Acarinina appressocamerata but observed that appressocamerata differed from subsphaerica in having more angulate chambers on the umbilical side and a more sharply delimited, more open, quadrate-shaped umbilicus (compared to the more rounded chambers and more restricted umbilicus in subsphaerica). Blow (1979, p. 908) also observed the lack of stratigraphic overlap between these two forms. Acarinina subsphaerica is abundant in Zone P4, and its last common occurrence in tropical sites has been used to subdivide Zone P4 (Berggren and others, 1995), although it may range higher in higher latitudes (Olsson and others, 1999, Berggren and others, 2000). Our detailed studies in Egypt have shown A. alticonica to appear in mid-Zone E4, a little lower than recorded by Blow (1979, p. 908). It forms a distinct component of early Eocene faunas (together with A. interposita, A. pentacamerata, A. soldadoensis, Morozovella formosa, M. lensiformis, M. subbotinae, among others).
Fleisher’s (1974) species Acarinina mattseensis alticonica, which he described as having a restricted range in Zone P8 (=E6) in the Arabian Sea, appears to be a prior synonym exhibiting the same morphologic characters recorded by Blow (1979) in describing appressocamerata. While Fleisher drew attention to superficial resemblance of his taxon with Subbotina senni, he firmly rejected any affinity between the two forms. [Berggren et al. 2006]

Catalog entries: Acarinina mattseensis alticonica, Globorotalia (Acarinina) appressocamerata

Type images:

Distinguishing features: High trochospiral test with closely appressed, angular chambers; strongly muricate

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.


Wall type: Densely muricate, particularly around umbilicus. [Berggren et al. 2006]

Morphology: Medium to high trochospiral, biconvex to subspherical, weakly lobulate test; circular outline, rounded periphery in edge view; in umbilical view equatorial profile slightly lobate, 5 moderately inflated, embracing, appressed, angulate chambers in last whorl, gradually increasing in size, tightly coiled around relatively narrow, deep umbilicus which is bordered by circumumbilical coalescence of prominent muricae; intercameral sutures radial, weakly incised; aperture a low arched, umbilical-extraumbilical slit bordered by distinct lip; on spiral side 11-12 chambers, tangentially longer than radially broad, coiled in 2½ whorls; intercameral sutures weakly curved and incised; chambers rounded in edge view. [Berggren et al. 2006]

Size: Maximum diameter of holotype of A. alticonica: 0.31 mm; axial elevation: 0.30 mm (Fleisher, 1974, p. 1013); Maximum diameter of holotype of A. appressocamerata: 0.37 mm (Blow, 1979, p. 907) [Berggren et al. 2006]

Character matrix

test outline:Subcircularchamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:Equally biconvexaperture:Umbilical-extraumbilical
sp chamber shape:Inflatedcoiling axis:Moderate-highperiphery:N/Aaperture border:Thin lip
umb chbr shape:Inflatedumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Broadly roundedaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Strongly depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Coarsely muricateshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Strongly depressedfinal-whorl chambers:4.5-5.5 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution: Caribbean, South Atlantic, Tethys (Egypt). [Berggren et al. 2006]
Aze et al. 2011 summary: Low to middle latitudes; based on Berggren et al. (2006b)

Isotope paleobiology: No data available. [Berggren 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: Probably descended from A. soldadoensis and ancestral to A. pseudosubsphaerica n. sp. [Berggren et al. 2006]

Most likely ancestor: Acarinina soldadoensis - at confidence level 4 (out of 5). Data source: Berggren et al. (2006) fig9.2.
Likely descendants: Acarinina pseudosubsphaerica;

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: Zone E4-E7. [Berggren et al. 2006]
Last occurrence (top): within E7 zone (45.72-50.20Ma, top in Lutetian stage). Data source: Eocene Atlas
First occurrence (base): in mid part of E4 zone (50% up, 53.6Ma, in Ypresian stage). Data source: Eocene Atlas

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Berggren et al. 2006 - Eocene Atlas, chap. 9, p. 262


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