Globoconella sphericomiozea

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> hidden -> deleted -> Globoconella sphericomiozea
Sister taxa: C. parvulus, G. praedehiscens, G. extans, G. extans Jenkins, G. testarugosa, J. samwelli, M. murphyi, P. tauricus, muricate non-spinose, smooth non-spinose, spinose, G. sphericomiozea, G. parawoodi, G. birnageae, G. venezuelana, G. zealandica, G. sp.


Citation: Globoconella sphericomiozea (Walters 1965)
Rank: species
Basionym: Globorotalia miozea sphericomiozea Walters 1965
Taxonomic discussion: Lam & Leckie (2020) conisder Globoconella sphericomiozea to be a synonym of G. puncticulata

Catalog entries: Globorotalia miozea sphericomiozea, Globorotalia saphoae

Type images:

Distinguishing features: Small, tightly coiled test, with 4 chambers in final whorl, rounded, loses keel during its stratigraphic range.

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: Non-spinose; Cancellate [Aze 2011]

Morphology: Test low trochospiral, almost flat on spiral side, umbilical side inflated, subconical, equatorial periphery quadrilobate, axial periphery rounded, chambers angular, conical, 4 in the final whorl; sutures on spiral side slightly curved and depressed, on umbilical side gently sinuous to radial; surface may be obscured by secondary thickening on earlier chambers, finely perforate on final chamber ; aperture a low arch, bordered by a rim, interiomarginal, umbilical-extraumbilical. [Kennett & Srinivasan 1983]

Character matrix

test outline:Subquadratechamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:Planoconvexaperture:Umbilical-extraumbilical
sp chamber shape:Crescenticcoiling axis:Lowperiphery:N/Aaperture border:Thin lip
umb chbr shape:Subtriangularumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Subangularaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Flushumb depth:Shallowwall texture:Smoothshell porosity:Macroperforate: >2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Weakly depressedfinal-whorl chambers:4.0-4.0 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution: Temperate [Kennett & Srinivasan 1983] Middle latitudes [Aze et al. 2011, based on Kennett & Srinivasan (1983)]

[SCOR WG138]

Isotope paleobiology: Aze et al. 2011 ecogroup 3 - Open ocean thermocline. Based on light ∂13C and relatively heavy ∂18O. Sources cited by Aze et al. 2011 (appendix S3): Schneider & Kennett (1996)

Phylogenetic relations: Gr. (G.) sphericomiozea is distinguished from its ancestor Gr. (G.) conomiozea by its small, tightly coiled test, by having 4 rather than 4½ chambers in the final whorl, and by rapid loss of the keel during its stratigraphic range.
In the earliest Pliocene, Gr. (G.) sphericomiozea evolved into Gr. (G.) puncticulata by further increases in the inflation of the chambers in the final whorl and rounding of the periphery and by a size increase. [Kennett & Srinivasan 1983]

Most likely ancestor: Globoconella terminalis - at confidence level 3 (out of 5). Data source: Wei 1994, fig. 1.

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within PL1 [Atl.] zone (4.37-5.72Ma, top in Zanclean stage). Data source: Wei 1994 (quoted age converted to modern zone)
First occurrence (base): within PL1 [Atl.] zone (4.37-5.72Ma, base in Messinian stage). Data source: Wei 1994 (quoted age converted to modern zone)

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Kennett & Srinivasan 1983, p.116


Aze, T. et al. (2011). A phylogeny of Cenozoic macroperforate planktonic foraminifera from fossil data. Biological Reviews. 86: 900-927. gs

Jenkins, D. G. (1971). New Zealand Cenozoic Planktonic Foraminifera. New Zealand Geological Survey, Paleontological Bulletin. 42: 1-278. gs

Kennett, J. P. & Srinivasan, M. S. (1983). Neogene Planktonic Foraminifera. Hutchinson Ross Publishing Co., Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. 1-265. gs

Lam, A. & Leckie, R. M. (2020). Late Neogene and Quaternary diversity and taxonomy of subtropical to temperate planktic foraminifera across the Kuroshio Current Extension, northwest Pacific Ocean. Micropaleontology. 66(3): 177-268. gs

Schneider, C. E. & Kennett, J. P. (1996). Isotopic evidence for interspecies habitat differences during evolution of the Neogene planktonic foraminiferal clade Globoconella. Paleobiology. 22: 282-303. gs

Walters, R. (1965). The Globorotalia zealandica and G. miozea lineages. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics. 8: 109-127. gs

Wei, K. -Y. (1994b). Stratophenetic tracing of phylogeny using SIMCA pattern recognition technique: a case study of the late Neogene planktic foraminifera Globoconella clade. Paleobiology. 20(1): 52-65. gs


Globoconella sphericomiozea compiled by the pforams@mikrotax project team viewed: 19-4-2021

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