Partitions and Fistulose Chamberlets in Textulariina

  • Lukas Hottinger
  • Elvira Halicz
  • Zeev Reiss
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Representatives of the genera Spirotextularia, Plotnikovina, Siphoniferoides and Sahulia possess fistulose chamberlets, formed by the outer pavement and separated from the main chamber lumen by a partition which is always perforated by parapores in both solid-walled and in paraporous genera. In some species fistulose chamberlets are replaced during ontogeny by elongated chamber lobes. In certain species of Sahulia irregular cavities are produced between paraporous wall and pavement. Lobes and cavities probably serve the same function as fistulose chamberlets. Forms with fistulose chamberlets appeared during the Cretaceous and seem characteristic of well-oxygenated, warm, normal to hypersaline marine environments. The function of parapores and of the chamberlets is unknown; it may be connected with uptake of dissolved organic matter by diffusion.


Benthic Foraminifera Planktonic Foraminifera Main Chamber Organic Lining Irregular Cavity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lukas Hottinger
    • 1
  • Elvira Halicz
    • 2
  • Zeev Reiss
    • 2
  1. 1.Geologisch-Paläontologisches InstitutUniversität BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department Geology, Institute of Earth SciencesThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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