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Orbulinoides beckmanni

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Globigerinidae -> Orbulinoides -> Orbulinoides beckmanni
Sister taxa: O. beckmanni, O. sp.


Citation: Orbulinoides beckmanni (Saito 1962)
taxonomic rank: Species
Basionym: Porticulasphaera beckmanni
Taxonomic discussion: The holotype chosen by Saito (1962), here refigured in Pl. 7.10, Figs. 1-3, falls within the variability of O. beckmanni as the last chamber possesses numerous supplementary apertures at its base; however, the enveloping degree of the early chambers of the outer whorl by the last chamber is moderate, resulting in a less compact shape instead of a spherical shape as in specimens illustrated in Pl. 7.11, Figs. 4-16; in addition, the sutural supplementary apertures are poorly visible in the early chambers. While the presence of areal supplementary apertures is further confirmed (see Pl. 7.11, Fig. 15), we do not have any evidence that the sutural supplementary apertures open into vestibules as described by Cordey (1968) and Proto Decima and Bolli (1970).
The specimens illustrated by Blow (1979) as Globigerapsis beckmanni in pl. 192, figs. 6-9 do not represent the beckmanni stage, because they lack multiple sutural supplementary apertures even at the base of the last chamber (see Blow, 1979, p. 1138) and in our opinion they fall within the variability of G. euganea. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Catalog entries: Porticulasphaera beckmanni

Type images:

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Orbulinoides): Spherical test with numerous small secondary apertures
This taxon: Test spherical with numerous small secondary apertures.

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.


Test almost spherical, early chambers in low trochospiral as in Globigerina, then streptospirally coiled and increasingly larger with a very large, hemispherical last chamber enveloping the previous whorls and covering the umbilical area formed by the previous chambers. Sutures radial, slightly depressed in the early coil, depressed in the adult stage. Primary aperture umbilical in the early globigerinid stage, in later stage single primary aperture replaced by smaller multiple, irregularly arched, sutural apertures developed at the base of the last chambers; numerous spiral supplementary apertures in the early coils; the last one or two chambers may possess areal apertures. Small bullae or some irregular bulla-like structures may also be present. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Wall type:
Spinose, cancellate. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Dimensions: 0.50-0.60 mm. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Character matrix
test outline:Circularchamber arrangement:Envelopingedge view:Equally biconvexaperture:Umbilical
sp chamber shape:Globularcoiling axis:Lowperiphery:N/Aaperture border:N/A
umb chbr shape:Globularumbilicus:N/Aperiph margin shape:Broadly roundedaccessory apertures:Sutural
spiral sutures:Moderately depressedumb depth:N/Awall texture:Spinoseshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Moderately depressedfinal-whorl chambers:1-1 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution

[Premoli Silva et al. 2006]
Aze et al. 2011 summary: Low latitudes; based on Premoli Silva et al. (2006)

Isotope paleobiology
No data available. [Premoli Silva 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
Proto Decima and Bolli (1970) indicated that Orbulinoides beckmanni is the end member of the lineage curryi -euganea -beckmanni. [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]

Most likely ancestor: Globigerinatheka euganea - at confidence level 4 (out of 5). Data source: Premoli Silva et al. 2006 f7.1.

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: Orbulinoides beckmanni has a restricted stratigraphic range, confined to the middle Eocene Zone E12 (P13) (Orbulinoides beckmanni Zone). [Premoli Silva et al. 2006]
The LAD of Orbulinoides beckmanni marks the base of zone E13 / top of E12 (Wade et al. 2011)
The FAD of Orbulinoides beckmanni marks the base of zone E12 / top of E11 (Wade et al. 2011)
Last occurrence (top): at top of E12 zone (100% up, 40Ma, in Bartonian stage). Data source: zonal marker (Wade et al. 2011)
First occurrence (base): at base of E12 zone (0% up, 40.4Ma, in Bartonian stage). Data source: zonal marker (Wade et al. 2011)

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Premoli Silva et al. 2006 - Eocene Atlas, chap. 7, p. 207


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