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Thalmanninella praebalernaensis

Classification: pf_mesozoic -> Rotaliporidae -> Thalmanninella -> Thalmanninella praebalernaensis
Sister taxa: T. appenninica, T. balernaensis, T. brotzeni, T. deeckei, T. evoluta, T. gandolfii, T. globotruncanoides, T. greenhornensis, T. micheli, T. praebalernaensis, T. reicheli, T. sp.


Citation: Thalmanninella praebalernaensis (Sigal, 1969)
taxonomic rank: Species
Basionym: Rotalipora praebalernaensis
Taxonomic discussion: The keel is not well developed: aligned pustules are visible only on the first chambers [copied from Chronos database].

Lipson-Benitah (2008) designated T. praebalernaensis as the type species of a new genus, Prathalmanninella.

Type images:

Original description: Translated from French:
Diagnosis: Species having the mode of coiling of balernaensis and evoluta but characterized by an imperfectly developed keel and by a more pronounced chamber globularity.
Description: Small-size test, finely and densely perforate; low trochospiral coiling lending the test an almost symmetrical profile; one can see 2 to 2.5 whorls of chambers regularly increasing (in size) and numbering, according to the form, 6 to 7.5 in the last whorl.
The periphery is marked by a single keel, which, at the beginning of the last whorl, consists of grouped protuberances the importance of which decreases gradually; finally the last 2-3 chambers showing only an angular edge consisting of a narrow band less densely perforate than the sides of the chambers; the outline of the test is clearly lobate.
The spiral side displays a last whorl- especially its last chambers- slightly lowered in comparison with the internal whorls. The chambers surface is slightly inflated, the sutures are curved, marked by a line of pustules which is the extension of the carinal ridge, then they become slightly depressed between the last chambers; each chamber overlaps the following, this arrangement being more noticeable when the suture is lined with pustules. The umbilical side displays quite inflated chambers separated by depressed, radial and straight sutures.
The chambers are typically triangular, gently dipping toward the umbilicus. No pustules or periumbilical ridges are present. The umbilicus is not very deep and small. The wall extensions fuse into a not-very-developed helicoidal ramp which does not cover the umbilicus. The apertural side is inflated, slightly higher than broad. The ornamentation of the internal whorls consists only of carinal protuberances.
The main aperture is semicircular, high, almost reaching the periphery; it is capped by a thin lip which combines with the wall extension. The supplementary aperture is very small, almost intraumbilical in position; the last one is bigger and more sutural; they are capped by thin lips. They are noticeable only in the last three chambers. It is noteworthy that, as shown in the last chamber, the supplementary aperture is barely separated from the posterior end of the main aperture by a downward fold of the wall extension.
No apparent preferred direction of coiling.

Entries in the Catalog of original descriptions: Rotalipora praebalernaensis

Character matrix
test outline:Subcircularchamber arrangement:Trochospiraledge view:-aperture:-
sp chamber shape:Petaloidcoiling axis:Lowperiphery:Single keelaperture border:Thin flange
umb chbr shape:Trapezoidalumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Subangularaccessory apertures:Infralaminal
spiral sutures:Moderately depressedumb depth:Deepwall texture:Finely pustuloseshell porosity:Finely Perforate: 1-2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Strongly depressedfinal-whorl chambers:6-7.5 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): within T. globotruncanoides zone (98.85-100.50Ma, top in Cenomanian stage). Data source: [copied from Chronos database]
First occurrence (base): within P. subticinensis zone (103.94-106.98Ma, base in Albian stage). Data source: [copied from Chronos database]

Plot of range and occurrence data:


Leckie, M. (1984). Mid-Cretaceous planktonic foraminiferal biostratigraphy off Central Morocco, Deep Sea Drilling Project Leg 79, Sites 545 and 547. Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. 79: 579-620. gs

Lipson-Benitah, S. & Almogi-Labin, A. (2004). Aptian planktonic foraminifera from Israel. Israel Journal of Earth Sciences. 53(1): 27-46. gs

Lipson-Benitah, S. (2008). Phylogeny of the middle Cretaceous (late Albian-late Cenomanian) planktonic foraminiferal genera Parathalmanninella nov. gen. and Thalmanninella. Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 38(2): 183-189. gs

Petrizzo, M. R. & Huber, B. T. (2006). Biostratigraphy and taxonomy of late Albian planktonic foraminifera from ODP Leg 171B (western North Atlantic Ocean). Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 36: 166-190. gs

Sigal, J. (1969). Contribution a une monographie des rosalines; II, L'espece Rotalipora appenninica (O. Renz, 1936), origine phyletique et taxonomie. In, Bronnimann, P. & Renz, H. H. (eds) Proceedings of the First International Conference on Planktonic Microfossils, Geneva, 1967. E J Brill, Leiden 622-639. gs


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