Acarinina mcgowrani

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Truncorotaloididae -> Acarinina -> Acarinina mcgowrani
Sister taxa: << < A. alticonica, A. soldadoensis, A. cuneicamerata, A. angulosa, A. africana, A. sibaiyaensis, A. esnehensis, A. mckannai, A. subsphaerica ⟩⟨ A. bullbrooki, A. punctocarinata, A. boudreauxi, A. rohri, A. topilensis, A. praetopilensis, A. mcgowrani, A. quetra, A. pseudotopilensis, A. wilcoxensis, A. esnaensis, A. primitiva, A. coalingensis, A. nitida, A. strabocella, A. sp.


Citation: Acarinina mcgowrani Wade & Pearson, in Berggren et al. 2006
Rank: Species
Basionym: Acarinina mcgowrani
Taxonomic discussion: Despite being abundant throughout almost the whole of the middle Eocene, Acarinina mcgowrani n. sp. has not been formally recognized as a distinct species. Previous studies (e.g., Wade and others, 2001; Wade and Kroon, 2002; Wade, 2004; Pearson and others, 1993, 2001, 2004) have used a broad concept of either A. praetopilensis or A. pseudotopilensis to accommodate these highly muricate, compact forms. However, following study of type material from Russia, we now recognize A. pseudotopilensis to be a stratigraphically restricted component of early Eocene assemblages. The distinctive features of A. praetopilensis, as described by Blow (1979), include a circum-cameral muricocarina and angular final chamber similar to A. topilensis. These features also necessitate a restricted concept, hence the need for a new species. [Berggren et al. 2006]

Catalog entries: Acarinina mcgowrani

Type images:

Distinguishing features: Like A. pseudotopilensisbut with more compact test, which is densely muricate, and with more incised sutures.

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: Densely muricate, nonspinose, normal perforate.

Morphology: Chambers arranged in a moderate trochospiral, test compact with 2 whorls, typically 4 (but ranging from 3-4½) chambers in the final whorl, gradually increasing in size; peripheral outline weakly lobate; chambers on umbilical side, wedge-shaped or triangular, with final chamber oval in umbilical view, typically twice as long as high, and subrounded to angular in edge view; chambers densely muricate, with large, conical muricae concentrated in the circum-cameral region of the final chamber, but not fused into muricocarina; sutures distinct, deeply incised and radial; umbilical-extraumbilical aperture set in a deep umbilicus; bullae common; on spiral side chambers subrectangular or ovoid; supplementary apertures frequently occur, fringed by thin muricae; sutures incised, radial to weakly curved; sutures of both sides are commonly intruded by slender muricae; strong tendency for a preferred coiling direction, either dextral or sinistral, depending on the location and stratigraphic level.

Size: Maximum diameter of holotype 0.25-0.30mm.

Character matrix

test outline:Subquadratechamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:Planoconvexaperture:Umbilical-extraumbilical
sp chamber shape:Inflatedcoiling axis:Lowperiphery:N/Aaperture border:N/A
umb chbr shape:Inflatedumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Subangularaccessory apertures:Sutural
spiral sutures:Strongly depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Coarsely muricateshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Strongly depressedfinal-whorl chambers:3.0-4.5 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution: Widely distributed, but most abundant in low and mid latitudes, common in central equatorial Pacific Ocean (ODP Site 865), North and South Atlantic Ocean (ODP Sites 1051 and 1052, DSDP Site 523) and Tanzania. [Berggren et al. 2006]
Aze et al. 2011 summary: Low to middle latitudes; based on Berggren et al. (2006b)

Isotope paleobiology: Relatively negative ∂18O and positive ∂13C values indicate a mixed layer habitat. Size fraction data shows a large change in ∂13C through ontogeny suggestive of a symbiotic relationship like other muricate forms; Pearson and others, 1993 (recorded as pseudotopilensis); Wade and Kroon, 2002; Wade 2004 (recorded as praetopilensis). [Berggren et al. 2006]
Aze et al. 2011 ecogroup 1 - Open ocean mixed-layer tropical/subtropical, with symbionts. Based on very heavy δ13C and relatively light δ18O. Sources cited by Aze et al. 2011 (appendix S3): Pearson et al. (1993); Wade & Kroon (2002) Wade (2004)

Phylogenetic relations: Acarinina mcgowrani evolved from A. pseudotopilensis near the base of the middle Eocene and gave rise to A. praetopilensis. [Berggren et al. 2006]

Most likely ancestor: Acarinina pseudotopilensis - at confidence level 4 (out of 5). Data source: Berggren et al. (2006) fig9.2.
Likely descendants: Acarinina praetopilensis;

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: Acarinina mcgowrani characterizes almost the whole of the middle Eocene. It evolved in Zone E7 and was one of the final large acarininids to become extinct, which just preceded the extinction of Morozovelloides in upper Zone E13 (Wade, 2004). [Berggren et al. 2006]
Last occurrence (top): within E13 zone (37.99-39.97Ma, top in Bartonian stage). Data source: Eocene Atlas
First occurrence (base): in lower part of E7a subzone (30% up, 49.6Ma, in Ypresian stage). Data source: Eocene Atlas

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Berggren et al. 2006 - Eocene Atlas, chap. 9, p. 291


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Pearson, P. N., Shackleton, N. J. & Hall, M. A. (1993). Stable isotope paleoecology of middle Eocene planktonic foraminifera and multi-species isotope stratigraphy, DSDP Site 523, South Atlantic. Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 23: 123-140. gs

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Wade, B. S. (2004). Planktonic Foraminiferal biostratigraphy and mechanisms in the extinction of Morozovella in the Late Middle Eocene. Marine Micropaleontology. 51: 23-38. gs

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