pforams@mikrotax - Morozovella apanthesma

Morozovella apanthesma

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Truncorotaloididae -> Morozovella -> Morozovella apanthesma
Sister taxa: M. caucasica, M. crater, M. aragonensis, M. lensiformis ⟩⟨ M. marginodentata, M. formosa, M. gracilis, M. subbotinae, M. aequa, M. apanthesma ⟩⟨ M. edgari, M. allisonensis, M. acuta, M. occlusa, M. acutispira, M. pasionensis, M. velascoensis, M. conicotruncata, M. angulata, M. praeangulata, M. sp.


Citation: Morozovella apanthesma (Loeblich and Tappan 1957)
Rank: Species
Basionym: Globorotalia apanthesma
Taxonomic discussion: Blow (1979) drew attention to an important distinction within this plexus: apanthesma exhibits the essentially quadrate chamber pattern of the related (and descendant) aequa in the early whorls, whereas angulata (and related forms) retains the more "vorticiform," strongly recurved, early whorl pattern. In view of these, and other pertinent observations based on personal observations of type material (Blow, 1979), it is strange that he presented, almost as an afterthought, only a single, spiral view of a form assigned to apanthesma from (his) Zone P7 (= Zone P6 this paper) whose affinities are somewhat hard to evaluate. Earlier this species was considered a junior synonym of M. conicotruncata (Subbotina) by Luterbacher (1964) and of M. angulata (White) by Berggren (1977).
Illustrated on Plate 11: Figures 10-12 is a specimen from the collections of Shutskaya (no. 645) in VNIGRI (St. Petersburg) that is probably referable to M. apanthesma. Although the slide containing this specimen is labeled as Globorotalia angulata var. kubanensis Shutskaya, the illustration of the holotype resembles M. conicotruncata (Subbotina). Because the holotype in Moscow is lost, the identity of this taxon cannot be determined. Further confusing the taxonomic status of Shutskaya's taxon is the other specimen from the same slide (no. 645) illustrated on Plate 11: Figures 13-15. This specimen is probably referable to M. acutispira. [Olsson et al. 1999]

Catalog entries: Globorotalia apanthesma

Type images:

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Morozovella): Test typically plano-convex, chambers strongly anguloconical.
Wall strongly pustulose (muricate) on parts of spire and umbilicus. Most species with muricocarina.

This taxon: Planoconvex, umbilicoconvex, test with lobulate, weakly muricocarinate periphery; 4-5 chambers in last whorl, inflated to subangular on umbilical side, moderately convex, triangular (lunate) in edge view; intercameral sutures on umbilical side depressed, radially curved and slightly depressed on spiral side; umbilical side distinctly muricate, coarsely perforate on spiral side; umbilicus relatively narrow, deep; aperture an interiomarginal, umbilical-extraumbilical arch with narrow, continuous intraperiumbilical lip.

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:


Wall type:


Character matrix
test outline:Lobatechamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:Planoconvexaperture:Umbilical-extraumbilical
sp chamber shape:Crescenticcoiling axis:Highperiphery:Muricocarinateaperture border:Thin lip
umb chbr shape:Subtriangularumbilicus:Wideperiph margin shape:Subangularaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Weakly depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Spinoseshell porosity:Macroperforate: >2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Strongly depressedfinal-whorl chambers:4.0-5.0 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution: Northern middle latitudes to the Southern Ocean. [Olsson et al. 1999]
Aze et al. 2011 summary: Northern middle latitudes to the Southern Ocean; based on Olsson et al. (1999)

Isotope paleobiology: Limited isotopic data suggest M. apanthesma is similar in ∂18O and ∂13C to other morozovellids and has a more positive ∂13C and more negative ∂18O than coexisting Globanomalina and Subbotina (Lu and Keller, 1996; Berggren and Norris, 1997). [Olsson et al. 1999]
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): Lu & Keller (1996); Berggren & Norris (1997)

Phylogenetic relations: Morozovella apanthesma and its descendants, M. aequa and M. subbotinae, differ from the M. angulata-M. velascoensis group in possessing a relatively even distribution of fine muricae (pustules) over the surface of the test in contrast to the development of muricae-free surfaces between the muricorcarina and adumbilical ridges in the M. velascoensis plexus. Morozovella apanthesma shares characteristics intermediate between M. praeangulata (its antecedent) and M. aequa (its descendant). The former is generally somewhat smaller (contra Loeblich and Tappan, 1957a; see also Jenkins, 1971), with more subdued muricate wall texture and more strongly recurved chambers when seen from the spiral surface. Compared to its ancestor, M. aequa exhibits a reduced number of chambers and a more anguloconical test. [Olsson et al. 1999]

Most likely ancestor: Morozovella angulata - at confidence level 4 (out of 5). Data source: Olsson et al. (1999) f5a.
Likely descendants: Morozovella aequa; Planorotalites pseudoscitula; plot with descendants

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Notes: Zone P3b to Zone P4c. [Olsson et al. 1999]
Last occurrence (top): at top of P4c subzone (100% up, 57.1Ma, in Thanetian stage). Data source: Olsson et al. (1999) f5a
First occurrence (base): at base of P3b subzone (0% up, 61.3Ma, in Selandian stage). Data source: Olsson et al. (1999) f5a

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Olsson et al. 1999 - Atlas of Paleocene Planktonic Foraminifera, p. 59


Berggren, W. A. (1977a). Atlas of Palaeogene Planktonic Foraminifera: some Species of the Genera Subbotina, Planorotalites, Morozovella, Acarinina and Truncorotaloides. In, Ramsay, A. T. S. (ed.) Oceanic Micropaleontology. Academic Press, London 205-300. gs

Blow, W. H. (1979). The Cainozoic Globigerinida: A study of the morphology, taxonomy, evolutionary relationships and stratigraphical distribution of some Globigerinida (mainly Globigerinacea). E. J. Brill, Leiden. 2: 1-1413. gs

Loeblich, A. R. & Tappan, H. (1957b). Planktonic foraminifera of Paleocene and early Eocene Age from the Gulf and Atlantic coastal plains. In, Loeblich, A. R. , Jr., Tappan, H., Beckmann, J. P., Bolli, H. M., Montanaro Gallitelli, E. & Troelsen, J. C. (eds) Studies in Foraminifera. U.S. National Museum Bulletin. 215: 173-198. gs V O

Luterbacher, H. P. (1964). Studies in some Globorotalia from the Paleocene and Lower Eocene of the Central Apennines. Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae. 57: 631-730. gs V O

Olsson, R. K., Hemleben, C., Berggren, W. A. & Huber, B. T. (1999). Atlas of Paleocene Planktonic Foraminifera. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 1-252. gs

Ouda, K. & Aubry, M. -P. (2003). The Upper Paleocene- Lower Eocene of the Upper Nile Valley: Part 1: Stratigraphy. Micropaleontology. 49(Supplement 1): 212-. gs


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