pforams@mikrotax - Cassigerinella chipolensis

Cassigerinella chipolensis

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Guembelitrioidea -> Cassigerinellidae -> Cassigerinella -> Cassigerinella chipolensis
Sister taxa: C. chipolensis, C. eocaenica, C. sp.


Citation: Cassigerinella chipolensis (Cushman & Ponton 1932)
Rank: Species
Basionym: Cassidulina chipolensis

(Note: in this synonymy list we focus on Oligocene occurrences and taxonomically important works)

Taxonomic discussion:

This species has been widely recognized in the literature under the name Cassigerinella chipolensis (Cushman and Ponton). However it was probably first described as long ago as 1857 as Cassidulina globulosa Egger. Egger (1857) illustrated a specimen in three views and also provided an interpretative sketch of the irregular chamber arrangement. Although he did not provide a scale, he noted that test size ranges up to 250 µm. As pointed out by Pokorný (1955:138) the specimen illustrated by Egger is undoubtedly referable to Cassigerinella (Plate 18.1, Fig. 1). Rögl (1985:319) suggested that Egger’s taxon is specifically distinct from chipolensis, being distinguished by its more compressed, ovate chambers, and in making this distinction he was followed Premoli Silva and Spezzaferri (1990) and Spezzaferri (1994) (see discussion below under Cassigerinella eocaenica). However, the evidence for this morphological distinction is unclear either in Egger’s type illustrations or on the small additional illustrations of specimens from Bavaria provided by Rögl (1985). In the taxonomy presented here, and following Huber and others (2006), the more compressed morphotypes of Cassigerinella are assigned instead to C. eocaenica. We regard globulosa as a probable prior synonym of chipolensis, but we note that Egger’s specimen is lost and nomenclatorial stability is best served by regarding it as nomen dubium non conservandum. We note also that Egger’s identification has often been erroneously recorded as being from 1957, and the illustrations are on plate 7, not plate 11 of his work as has generally been reported. [Pearson et al. 2018]

Pokorný (1955) distinguished his species boudecensis (the type species of Cassigerinella) from chipolensis on the basis of its supposed pustulose wall texture. Various authors have maintained this distinction (e.g., Rögl, 1985; Li, 1986) but others have combined the two taxa. Pokorný himself, in a personal communication reported by Blow and Banner (1962:83), said that boudecensis was “probably conspecific with chipolensis”; others who have combined the taxa are Blow and Banner (1962), Cordey (1968), Jenkins (1971), Raju (1971), Saito and Biscaye (1977), Blow (1979), Li and McGowran (1996), Huber and others (2006), and Pearson and Wade (2009). Note that while Li (1986) upheld the distinction, in a later work (Li and McGowran, 1996) he subsumed the two species into one. Huber and others (2006:485) pointed out that the distinction is hard to maintain with the light microscope and has never been proven to be of stratigraphic value. Pearson and Wade (2009:198) argued that the degree of pustule development was a variable feature on individual tests, among populations, and between localities, making it difficult to sustain the distinction. To further investigate this issue we have obtained a population of ~40 topotype specimens from the type locality of boudecensis and examined a number of them in SEM. We find the degree of pustule development to be quite variable even in this material, with some nearly smooth forms and others distinctly pustulose, hence we maintain the species in synonymy (compare Plate 18.1, Figs. 13-16; see also Chapter 15, this volume, Plate 15.3, Figs. 4a-5b). [Pearson et al. 2018]

Ivanova (1958:57) described a new species Cassigerinella globolocula but did not provide criteria for distinguishing it from other species. Pokorný (in a personal communication reported by Blow and Banner, 1962) indicated that globolocula was “certainly conspecific” with his species boudecensis and hence, in this work, also with chipolensis. Blow (1969:212) suggested that the paratypes of globolocula were referable to Cassigerinella eocaena (sic, = eocaenica) of Cordey but the type material of this species has apparently been lost and we cannot confirm this observation. Ivanova’s illustrations appear to us to fall within the normal range of variation observed in chipolensis. [Pearson et al. 2018]

As noted above, the morphospecies C. chipolensis is distinguished from the other valid species in the genus, C. eocaenica, by being more inflated and globular overall, and slightly larger. The two morphospecies intergrade throughout their combined range, and in the absence of biometric data, it is not at all obvious that these features are consistent through time and diagnose distinct biospecies. We maintain the taxonomic distinction because it seems to have biostratigraphic utility insofar as the C. chipolensis morphospecies is seemingly absent in the Eocene (see discussion below). [Pearson et al. 2018]

Catalog entries: Cassidulina chipolensis, Cassigerinella boudecensis, Cassigerinella globolocula, Cassidulina globulosa

Type images:

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Cassigerinella):
This taxon: Like C. eocaenica but test broader and more globular with a planispirally or pseudoplanispirally enrolled coiling mode rather than biserially enrolled.

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.


Emended description:

Test small, globular with irregular outline. From the earliest stages chambers are in an enrolled-biserial arrangement with successive chambers facing one another; the axis of enrollment commonly changes through ontogeny; 6-8 chambers per enrollment, relatively compressed and compact initially but becoming strongly inflated or ovate in last whorl. Sutures straight and depressed to incised. Aperture interiomarginal, asymmetrical, highly arched to virguline in shape, surrounded by an irregular lip, commonly with laterally asymmetrical flanges. [Pearson et al. 2018]

Wall type:
Microperforate to medio-perforate with pore diameters ranging from 0.5-2.0 µm; surface may be smooth or covered in pore mounds; microgranular internal structure with minute endospikes distributed on the interior chamber surfaces (chipolensis-type wall; see Chapter 15, this volume). [Pearson et al. 2018]

Small, mostly <200 µm. [Pearson et al. 2018]

Character matrix
test outline:Ovatechamber arrangement:Pseudoplanispiraledge view:Inequally biconvexaperture:Extraumbilical
sp chamber shape:Inflatedcoiling axis:N/Aperiphery:N/Aaperture border:Thick lip
umb chbr shape:Inflatedumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Broadly roundedaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Strongly depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Smoothshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Strongly depressedfinal-whorl chambers:5.0-6.0 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution:

This species is most abundant in the lower latitudes (Premoli Silva and Boersma, 1988; Spezzaferri, 1995). It is absent from high latitude sites (e.g. the Southern Ocean and ODP Site 647 in the Labrador Sea) although it occurs sporadically as far south as the latitude of New Zealand (Jenkins, 1971; Jenkins and Srinivasan, 1986).

[Pearson et al. 2018]

Isotope paleobiology: Cassigerinella chipolensis has stable isotope ratios indicative of a warm surface water habitat (Boersma and Shackleton, 1978; Pearson and Wade, 2009). It probably bloomed opportunistically in response to seasonal productivity peaks (Pearson and Wade, 2009). [Pearson et al. 2018]

Phylogenetic relations:

Probably a direct descendant of Cassigerinella eocaenica and part of the same evolving lineage (Cordey, 1968; Blow, 1979).[Pearson et al. 2018]

Most likely ancestor: Cassigerinella eocaenica - at confidence level 4 (out of 5). Data source: Huber et al. 2006; Pearson et al. 2018.

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:

Most confirmed occurrences of chipolensis are in the Oligocene and Miocene: Eocene occurrences of Cassigerinella have generally been referred to C. eocaenica. This apparently neat distinction may be more an artifact of fine taxonomic discrimination and the way in which the biozonation developed historically than it is for necessarily providing a clear and useful biohorizon. The overlap in the ranges of Cassigerinella chipolensis and Pseudohastigerina spp. was for a time part of the standard zonation (Blow and Banner, 1962; Bolli, 1966; Bolli and Saunders, 1985; see discussion in Chapter 2, this volume). Hence when Cassigerinella specimens were discovered in the Eocene it was found convenient to refer them to a different species based on relatively minor features. Sexton and others (2006) and Huber and others (2006) have recorded occasional “C. chipolensis” from the middle and upper Eocene but in this work we assign those occurrences to C. eocaenica. No detailed morphometric study of the early evolution of Cassigerinella has yet been conducted. The extinction of chipolensis has been recorded diachronously at various levels in the middle Miocene (e.g., Bolli, 1957; Martinotti, 1989; Chaisson and Leckie, 1993; Spezzaferri, 1994; Turco and others, 2002) but has not been investigated by us in detail. Intervals of relatively large-sized individuals may be of biostratigraphical utility for fine-scale correlation (Premoli Silva and Spezzaferri, 1990; Spezzaferri, 1994; Pearson and Chaisson, 1997).

[Pearson et al. 2018]
Last occurrence (top): within M13 zone (6.14-9.83Ma, top in Messinian stage). Data source: Huber et al. 2006
First occurrence (base): within E16 zone (33.90-34.68Ma, base in Priabonian stage). Data source: Huber et al. 2006

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Pearson et al. 2018 - Olig Atlas chap.18 p.483; Huber et al. 2006 - Eocene Atlas, chap. 16, p. 484


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