pforams@mikrotax - Acarinina esnehensis

Acarinina esnehensis

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Truncorotaloididae -> Acarinina -> Acarinina esnehensis
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, A. quetra, A. pseudotopilensis, A. wilcoxensis, A. esnaensis, A. primitiva, A. coalingensis> >>


Citation: Acarinina esnehensis (Nakkady 1950)
Rank: Species
Basionym: Globigerina cretacea esnehensis
Taxonomic discussion: As the description above indicates, clear distinction between esnehensis and the related taxa mckannai, soldadoensis and gravelli is difficult to achieve. Loeblich and Tappan (1957) expressed the view that esnehensis and gravelli are synonymous and junior synonyms of mckannai. As the result of a comparative examination of type material of these taxa at the British Museum (Natural History), London and the U .S. National Museum, Washington, Blow (1979, p. 1127-1128) agreed with the former view but distinguished esnehensis from mckannai on the basis of the following characters observable in mckannai: 1) much tighter coiling mode; 2) more “globigerine” initial coil; 3) posteriorly recurved (versus consistently radial) and more clearly incised dorsal intercameral sutures; 4) ventral intercameral sutures recurved on earlier part of last whorl to sinuous in the later part of the last whorl in addition to distinctly different stratigraphic ranges.
At the same time Blow (1979, p. 1129) was obviously at pains to distinguish consistently between esnehensis and soldadoensis, concluding that in view of the long stratigraphic persistence of transitional forms over the biostratigraphic interval of his Zone P5 (mid-part) to Zone P8b “Muricoglobigerina esnehensis (= M. gravelli) is little more than an environmentally induced ecophenotype of a basic soldadoensis genotype”. Nevertheless, he distinguished the two forms as separate species as do we here based on the set of distinguishing characters described above. [Berggren et al. 2006]

Catalog entries: Globigerina cretacea esnehensis, Globigerina dubia lakiensis, Globigerina gravelli

Type images:

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Acarinina): Moderate to low trochospire; chambers ovoid, usually 4-6 in final whorl.
Wall muricate with pustules on umbilical shoulders;

This taxon: Like A. soldadoensis but with more (5-7 vs 4) of globular (vs tangentially elongate) chambers in final whorl; straighter, radial sutures on both sides of the (generally higher spired) test and a larger, deeper umbilicus.

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.


Emended description:

Low- to moderately high spired trochoid test; 5 (ranging up to 7) inflated chambers in last whorl, umbilicus open, deep and generally relatively wide; aperture low slit extending along margin of last chamber towards, but not reaching, periphery; no circumumbical muricate rim; sutures incised, radial to only slightly curved on umbilical and spiral sides of test; rounded margin(s) in edge view. [Berggren et al. 2006]

Wall type:
Muricate, with strong concentration of muricae around umbilicus. [Berggren et al. 2006]

Relatively large (to 0.5 mm maximum diameter); maximum diameter of holotype: 0.4 mm; thickness: 0.3 mm (Nakkady, 1950, p. 689). [Berggren et al. 2006]

Character matrix
test outline:Lobatechamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:Equally biconvexaperture:Umbilical
sp chamber shape:Inflatedcoiling axis:Moderateperiphery:N/Aaperture border:N/A
umb chbr shape:Inflatedumbilicus:Wideperiph margin shape:Moderately roundedaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Moderately depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Moderately muricateshell porosity:Macroperforate: >2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Strongly depressedfinal-whorl chambers:5.0-7.0 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Similar species

Geographic distribution
Widespread from (sub)tropical areas (Caribbean, New Jersey, Egypt) to austral (Hornibroook, 1958) and boreal (Berggren, 1960a) regions. Probably lumped with A. soldadoensis in some studies and thus an understanding of its real distribution remains muted. [Berggren et al. 2006]
Aze et al. 2011 summary: Low to high 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 comparison with other species of the genus.

Phylogenetic relations
Acarinina esnehensis probably evolved from A. soldadoensis in (lower) Zone P5. [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 sibaiyaensis; Pearsonites lodoensis; plot with descendants

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: Zones P5 to Zone E6; particularly common in Zone E1 in association with the PETM excursion fauna in the Bass River section of coastal New Jersey and Egypt. [Berggren et al. 2006]
Last occurrence (top): within E6 zone (50.20-50.67Ma, top in Ypresian stage). Data source: Eocene Atlas
First occurrence (base): within P5 zone (55.96-57.10Ma, base in Thanetian stage). Data source: Eocene Atlas

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Berggren et al. 2006 - Eocene Atlas, chap. 9, p. 289


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