pforams@mikrotax - Globoturborotalita gnaucki

Globoturborotalita gnaucki

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Globigerinidae -> Globoturborotalita -> Globoturborotalita gnaucki
Sister taxa: G. rubescens, G. decoraperta ⟩⟨ G. apertura, G. connecta, G. druryi, G. nepenthes, G. woodi ⟩⟨ G. cancellata, G. occlusa, G. paracancellata, G. pseudopraebulloides ⟩⟨ G. barbula, G. bassriverensis, G. brazieri, G. eolabiacrassata, G. euapertura, G. gnaucki, G. labiacrassata, G. martini, G. ouachitaensis, G. sp.


Citation: Globoturborotalita gnaucki (Blow & Banner 1962)
Rank: Species
Basionym: Globigerina ouachitaensis gnaucki
Taxonomic discussion:

The holotype of Globoturborotalita gnaucki is illustrated in SEM for the first time (Pl.6.4: Figs. 1-4). Blow (1979) considered Globigerina gnaucki as a possible junior synonmy of Globigerina fariasi Bermude½z, but that species has 5 to 6 chambers in the ultimate whorl and a very large open umbilicus. Globoturborotalita gnaucki is a distinctive form in the upper Eocene and lower Oligocene and is here elevated to species level. We include a paratype of Globigerina ouachitaensis Howe and Wallace, illustrated in SEM for the first time (Pl.6.4: Fig. 15) in this species. The species originated during the late Eocene radiation of Globoturborotalita. We place Howe and Wallace’s (1932) paratype of Globigerina ouachitaensis in synonymy. [Olsson et al. 2006]

Catalog entries: Globigerina ouachitaensis gnaucki

Type images:

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Globoturborotalita): Trochospiral test with a single, large, open umbilical aperture. Cancellate wall. 4-4½ chambers in final whorl
This taxon: Test small, lobulate, with slightly embracing, globular chambers. Aperture large, umbilical. Wall texture cancellate.

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:

Test moderately low trochospiral, globular, lobulate in outline, chambers globular; in spiral view 4½ globular, slightly embracing chambers in ultimate whorl, increasing moderately in size, sutures depressed, straight; in umbilical view 4½ globular, slightly embracing chambers, increasing moderately in size, sutures depressed, straight, umbilicus large, open, enclosed by surrounding chambers, aperture umbilical, a rounded arch, bordered by a thin thickened rim; in edge view chambers globular in shape, slightly embracing, initial spire of chambers slightly elevated. [Spezzaferri et al. 2018]

Wall type:
Cancellate, normal perforate, spinose, ruber/sacculifer-type wall texture, an average of 30 pores/50 μm2 test surface area. [Spezzaferri et al. 2018]

Maximum diameter 0.25-0.36 mm, minimum diameter 0.23-30 mm, maximum width 0.19 mm. [Spezzaferri et al. 2018]

Character matrix
test outline:Lobatechamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:Concavo-convexaperture:Umbilical
sp chamber shape:Globularcoiling axis:Lowperiphery:N/Aaperture border:N/A
umb chbr shape:Globularumbilicus:Wideperiph margin shape:Broadly roundedaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Weakly depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Cancellateshell porosity:Macroperforate: >2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Moderately depressedfinal-whorl chambers:4.0-4.5 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Similar species

Geographic distribution
This species is distributed in mid to low latitudes. [Spezzaferri et al. 2018]

Isotope paleobiology
No data available. [Spezzaferri et al. 2018]
Aze et al. 2011 ecogroup 2 - Open ocean mixed-layer tropical/subtropical, without symbionts; based on comparison with other species of the genus.

Phylogenetic relations
Globoturborotalita gnaucki derived from Globoturborotalita ouachitaensis by an increase in the number of chambers in the ultimate whorl to 4½ and by losing the thickened lip. It gave rise to Ciperoella anguliofficinalis in upper Eocene Zone E16 and it is therefore ancestral to the genus Ciperoella n. gen. (Chapter 7, this volume). [Spezzaferri et al. 2018]

Most likely ancestor: Globoturborotalita ouachitaensis - at confidence level 4 (out of 5). Data source: Olsson et al. 2006, f5.1.
Likely descendants: Ciperoella anguliofficinalis; plot with descendants

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: This species appears in the upper Eocene Zone E15. We have observed it in ranging up to the lower Oligocene Zone O4 in Trinidad (Plate 8.7). [Spezzaferri et al. 2018]
Last occurrence (top): within O4 zone (28.09-29.18Ma, top in Rupelian stage). Data source: ESpezzaferri et al. 2018
First occurrence (base): in mid part of E15 zone (50% up, 35.3Ma, in Priabonian stage). Data source: Eocene Atlas

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Spezzaferri et al. 2018 - Olig Atlas chap.8 p.248; Olsson et al. 2006 - Eocene Atlas, chap. 6, p. 118


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Olsson, R. K., Hemleben, C., Huber, B. T. & Berggren, W. A. (2006a). Taxonomy, biostratigraphy, and phylogeny of Eocene Globigerina, Globoturborotalita, Subbotina, and Turborotalita. 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 6): 111-168. gs V O

Olsson, R. K., Pearson, P. N. & Huber, B. T. (2006c). Taxonomy, biostratigraphy, and phylogeny of Eocene Catapsydrax, Globorotaloides, Guembelitrioides, Paragloborotalia, Parasubbotina, and Pseudoglobigerinella n. gen. 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 5): 67-110. gs V O

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Spezzaferri, S., Olsson, R. K., Hemleben, C., Wade, B. S. & Coxall, H. K. (2018d). Taxonomy, biostratigraphy, and phylogeny of Oligocene and Lower Miocene Globoturborotalita. In, Wade, B. S., Olsson, R. K., Pearson, P. N., Huber, B. T. & Berggren, W. A. (eds) Atlas of Oligocene Planktonic Foraminifera. Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, Special Publication . 46(Chap 8): 231-268. gs V O

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