Dentoglobigerina globularis

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Globigerinidae -> Dentoglobigerina -> Dentoglobigerina globularis
Sister taxa: D. juxtabinaiensis, D. binaiensis, D. sellii, D. tapuriensis ⟩⟨ D. baroemoenensis, D. larmeui, D. galavisi ⟩⟨ D. altispira, D. globosa, D. globularis ⟩⟨ D. prasaepis, D. pseudovenezuelana, D. taci, D. tripartita, D. eotripartita, D. venezuelana, D. sp.


Citation: Dentoglobigerina globularis (Bermúdez, 1961)
Rank: species
Basionym: Globoquadrina globularis Bermúdez, 1961
Taxonomic discussion:

The holotype is illustrated here for the first time in SEM. Blow (1969, 1979) illustrated two metatypes from Cuba provided to him by Bermúdez. However, these specimens do not agree well with the type series; here we regard the first as probably referable to Dentoglobigerina globosa and the second as uncertain. Fortunately, most subsequent authors seem to have based their concept on the type illustrations. Fleisher (1974:1024) placed globularis in taxonomic context by suggesting a phylogenetic transition from galavisi to globularis to globosa, eventually leading to the common Miocene species altispira. This lineage has been accepted by several authors, including this study. [Wade et al. 2018]

Catalog entries: Globoquadrina globularis

Type images:

Distinguishing features: Like D. galavisi but larger, more open coiling with 3½-4 chambers in the whorl (vs. 3-3½), more open umbilicus, less embracing chambers, and slightly higher spire.

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: Normal perforate, probably spinose in life.

Morphology: Test large, globular, medium trochospiral, lobulate in equatorial outline; in spiral view chambers ovate, 3½-4 in final whorl, increasing moderately in size, sutures moderately depressed, straight; in umbilical view chambers ovate, slightly embracing, 3½-4 in final whorl, sutures moderately depressed, straight, ultimate chamber may be reduced in size, directed over the umbilicus; umbilicus open, square, aperture umbilical; the lip or tooth is highly variable; in edge view, chambers globular to ovate, ultimate chamber directed over umbilicus. [Wade et al. 2018]

Size: Maximum diameter of holotype 0.62 mm, maximum thickness approximately 0.40 mm. [Wade et al. 2018]

Character matrix

test outline:Lobatechamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:Concavo-convexaperture:Umbilical
sp chamber shape:Globularcoiling axis:Moderate-highperiphery:N/Aaperture border:Thin flange
umb chbr shape:Globularumbilicus:Wideperiph margin shape:Broadly roundedaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Moderately depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Cancellateshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Strongly depressedfinal-whorl chambers:3.5-4.0 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution: Widespread in low to mid-latitudes. [Wade et al. 2018]

Isotope paleobiology: Biolzi (1983) indicated that it was a mixed-layer dweller although the species was not illustrated. Wade and others (2007) showed variable isotopic ratios. [Wade et al. 2018]

Phylogenetic relations: According to Fleisher (1974) and subsequent authors, this species evolved from galavisi and gave rise to globosa. [Wade et al. 2018]

Most likely ancestor: Dentoglobigerina galavisi - at confidence level 4 (out of 5). Data source: Wade et al. 2018.
Likely descendants: Dentoglobigerina globosa;

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: This species ranges through the entire Oligocene. Although not included in the Atlas of Eocene Planktonic Foraminifera, we now consider the first occurrence to have been in the uppermost Eocene (Zone E16 equivalent), as illustrated by Leckie and others (1993) from the western North Atlantic Ocean. The uppermost confirmed occurrence is from lower Miocene Zone M1 (Quilty, 1976). [Wade et al. 2018]
Last occurrence (top): within M1a subzone (22.44-22.96Ma, top in Aquitanian stage). Data source: Wade et al. 2018 f11.1
First occurrence (base): within E16 zone (33.90-34.68Ma, base in Priabonian stage). Data source: Wade et al. 2018

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Wade et al. 2018 - Olig Atlas chap.11 p.350


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