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Hastigerina pelagica

Classification: pf_cenozoic -> Hastigerinidae -> Hastigerina -> Hastigerina pelagica
Sister taxa: H. pelagica, H. sp.


Citation: Hastigerina pelagica (d'Orbigny, 1839)
taxonomic rank: species
Basionym: Nonionina pelagica d'Orbigny, 1839

Catalog entries: Nonionina pelagica, Hastigerina parapelagica, Hastigerina murrayi

Type images:

Distinguishing features:
Parent taxon (Hastigerina): inflated chambers
This taxon: monospecific

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.


Test large, planispiral, involute, biumbilicate; chambers subglobular to ovate, regularly increasing in size, 5 to 6 in the final whorl; sutures depressed , surface smooth with large and more closely arranged pores, large massive triradiate spines irregularly distributed (PI. 61, Fig. 1) over the surface; aperture interiomarginal, a wide equatorial arch bordered by a thin lip. [Kennett & Srinivasan 1983]

Wall type:


Character matrix
test outline:Stellatechamber arrangement:Planispiraledge view:Hourglassaperture:Equatorial
sp chamber shape:Elongatecoiling axis:Very lowperiphery:N/Aaperture border:Thin lip
umb chbr shape:Elongateumbilicus:Narrowperiph margin shape:Broadly roundedaccessory apertures:None
spiral sutures:Moderately depressedumb depth:Shallowwall texture:Smoothshell porosity:Macroperforate: >2.5µm
umbilical or test sutures:Strongly depressedfinal-whorl chambers:5-6 N.B. These characters are used for advanced search. N/A - not applicable

Biogeography and Palaeobiology

Geographic distribution

Tropical to temperate. [Kennett & Srinivasan 1983]

In modern oceans a rare, temperate water, species [SCOR WG138]

Map of distribution from ForCenS database

Phylogenetic relations
Studies by Bé (1969), Hemleben (1969), and Walker and Vilks (1973) have revealed that H. pelagica is characterized by spines that are consistently triradiate throughout their length. [Kennett & Srinivasan 1983]

Molecular Genotypes recognised (data from PFR2 database, June 2017. References: Ujiié & Lipps 2009; Seears et al. 2012; Weiner et al. 2012. The genotypes appear to have broad geographic distribution but to be depth separated, as discussed by Weiner et al. (2012), and summarised below.

Most likely ancestor: Globigerinella siphonifera - at confidence level 3 (out of 5). Data source: Kennett & Srinivasan 1983, fig. 26.
Likely descendants: Orcadia riedeli; plot with descendants

Biostratigraphic distribution

Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): Extant. Data source: present in the plankton (SCOR WG138)
First occurrence (base): within N17 zone (5.72-8.58Ma, base in Tortonian stage). Data source: Kennett & Srinivasan 1983

Plot of occurrence data:

Primary source for this page: Kennett & Srinivasan 1983, p.242


Bé, A. W. H. (1969). Microstructural evidence of the close affinity of Globigerinella Cushman to Hastigerina Thomson. In, Brönnimann, P. & Renz, H. H. (eds) Proceedings of the First International Conference on Planktonic Microfossils, Geneva, 1967. Geneva 89-91. gs

Brummer, G-J. A. & Kucera, M. (2022). Taxonomic review of living planktonic foraminifera. Journal of Micropalaeontology. 41: 29-74. gs

d'Orbigny, A. (1839c). Voyage dans l'Amérique Meridionale: Foraminiferes (tome 5 part 5). Levrault, Strasbourg, France. 5: 1-27. gs

Hemleben, C. (1969). Zur morphogenese planktonischer Foraminiferen,. Zitteliana. 1: 91-133. gs

Kennett, J. P. & Srinivasan, M. S. (1983). Neogene Planktonic Foraminifera. Hutchinson Ross Publishing Co., Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. 1-265. gs

Loeblich, A. & Tappan, H. (1994). Foraminifera of the Sahul shelf and Timor Sea. Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, Special Publication. 31: 1-661. gs O

Saito, T., Thompson, P. R. & Breger, D. (1976). Skeletal ultra-microstructure of some elongate-chambered planktonic foraminifera and related species. In, Takayanagi, Y. & Saito, T. (eds) Progress in Micropaleontology, Special Publication. Micropaleontology Press, The American Museum of Natural History, New York 278-304. gs

Seears, H. A., Darling, K. F. & Wade, C. M. (2012). Ecological partitioning and diversity in tropical planktonic foraminifera. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 12(54): 1-15. gs

Siccha, M. & Kucera, M. (2017). ForCenS, a curated database of planktonic foraminifera census counts in marine surface sediment samples. Scientific Data. 4(1): 1-12. gs

Spero, H. J. (1998). Life history and stable isotope geochemistry of planktonic foraminifera. In, Norris, R. D. & Corfield, R. M. (eds) Isotope paleobiology and paleoecology. The Palaeontological Society Papers . 4: 7-36. gs

Ujiié, Y. & Lipps, J. H. (2009). Cryptic diversity in planktonic foraminifera in the northwest Pacific ocean. Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 39: 145-154. gs

Walker, D. A. & Vilks, G. (1973). Spinal ultrastructure of the planktonic foraminifers Hastigerina Thomson and Globigerinella. Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 3(4): 196-198. gs

Weiner, A., Aurahs, R., Kurasawa, A., Kitazato, H. & Kucera, M. (2012). Vertical niche partitioning between cryptic sibling species of a cosmopolitan marine planktonic protist. Molecular Ecology. 21(16): 4063-4073. gs


Hastigerina pelagica compiled by the pforams@mikrotax project team viewed: 4-12-2023

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