On the Way to the Optimal Suprageneric Classification of Agglutinating Foraminifera

  • Johann Hohenegger
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 327)


Foraminifera with pure organic or agglutinating walls are classified according to the basic postulates for natural systems of classes. These postulates are (1) consistency of properties used for classification of objects (2) equal degrees of homogeneity if groups instead of individuals are used. The presence of natural categories can be ascertained using measures of homogeneity within classes.

The analysis of recent agglutinating and organic walled Foraminifera resulted in phenetic and phylogenetic systems widely different from each other. The phenetic system shows natural categories, easily transferable into a Linnean hierarchy. The phylogenetic system leads to complete reconstruction of the commonly used suprageneric system of Foraminifera.


Wall Structure Class Formation Calcitic Cement Natural Category Character Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johann Hohenegger
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  1. 1.Institut für PaläontologieUniversität WienWienAustria

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