Streptochilus pristinum

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Benthic origins -> Streptochilus -> Streptochilus pristinum
Sister taxa: S. globulosum, S. globigerum, S. latum, S. subglobigerum, S. inglei, S. macdougallae ⟩⟨ S. cetacense, S. mascarenense, S. pristinum, S. rockallkiddense, S. tasmanense ⟩⟨ S. martini, S. sp.


Citation: Streptochilus pristinum Brönnimann and Resig, 1971
Rank: species
Taxonomic discussion:

de Klasz and others (1989) called it, incorrectly, S. pristinus. The name Streptochilus is derived from streptos, Greek for ‘twisted’ and cheilos, Greek for ‘lip’ (Brönnimann and Resig, 1971), with the latter word neuter, thus requiring pristinum as the specific name. [Smart & Thomas 2018] 

Catalog entries: Streptochilus pristinum

Type images:

Distinguishing features: Test with straight lateral profile in early portion of the test followed inflation of the later chambers

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: Microperforate, smooth.

Morphology: Test biserial, early portion of test with straight lateral profile and no chamber inflation, followed by slight inflation of the later chambers, becoming gradually tapered, usually 5-8 pairs of chambers; sutures straight to slightly curved and depressed; aperture a narrow high arch with a rim/collar at the outer margin and the opposite margin turned in to form a ramp to the collar of the previous aperture. [Smart & Thomas 2018]

Size: Holotype length 0.18 mm, width 0.08 mm; length range 0.13-0.25 mm, maximum width 0.10 mm. [Smart & Thomas 2018]

Character matrix

test outline:Triangularchamber arrangement:Biserialedge view:Compressedaperture:Interiomarginal
sp chamber shape:Subrectangularcoiling axis:N/Aperiphery:N/Aaperture border:Thin flange
umb chbr shape:Subrectangularumbilicus:N/Aperiph margin shape:Narrowly roundedaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Moderately depressedumb depth:N/Awall texture:Smoothshell porosity:Microperforate: <1µm
umbilical or test sutures:Moderately depressedfinal-whorl chambers:2.0-2.0 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution: The distribution during the Oligocene is unknown as it is very rare; currently known from Syria, New Zealand and the Pacific Ocean. [Smart & Thomas 2018]

Isotope paleobiology: No data available. [Smart & Thomas 2018]

Phylogenetic relations: Resig (1993) suggested that the evolution of S. pristinum occurred before the mid-late Oligocene, either from C. cubensis or from an undiscovered ancestral Eocene Streptochilus. Resig (1993) commented that the appearance of S. pristinum in the late Oligocene of New Zealand (Hornibrook, 1990), as compared with the low latitude occurrence at ODP Site 807 (Ontong Java Plateau), implies that the evolution of S. pristinum may have occurred in mid-latitudes rather than the tropics. However, some Recent biserial foraminifera are able to live tychopelagically, suggesting a similar lifestyle for species in the past, and potential polyphyletic evolution of planktonic from benthic biserial groups (Darling and others, 2009). The distribution of S. pristinum might, therefore, signify multiple excursions of tychopelagic individuals from the coastal benthos to the pelagic zone (Darling and others, 2009), and its ancestor is unknown. [Smart & Thomas 2018]

Most likely ancestor: benthic ancestor - at confidence level 2 (out of 5). Data source: Smart & Thomas 2018.

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: Upper Oligocene (Zone O6) (Syria) to upper Miocene (Subzone M13a) (Ontong Java Plateau, Resig, 1993), intermittent. [Smart & Thomas 2018] [Smart & Thomas 2018]
Last occurrence (top): within M13a subzone (8.58-9.83Ma, top in Tortonian stage). Data source: Smart & Thomas 2018
First occurrence (base): within O6 zone (25.21-26.93Ma, base in Chattian stage). Data source: Smart & Thomas 2018

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Smart & Thomas 2018 - Olig Atlas chap.19 p.501


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