Cyclohelenina formosaensis gen. Nov. et sp. Nov. A new benthic foraminifer from southern taiwan

Chih Wei Chien, Yuan Pin Chang, Kenn Ming Yang

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A new benthic foraminiferal genus and species of He-leninidae was discovered in estuarine sediments of the Sih-chong River, western Hengchun Peninsula, Southern Taiwan. Similar to the resembling genus Helenina, Cyclohelenina gen. nov. displays distinct sutural incisions on both spiral and umbilical sides. However, it exhibits relatively coarser perforation of the wall, more roundness along the equatorial outline, and a wider range in the number of chambers (7-10) in the last whorl compared to other Heleninidae genera. This new genus can provide a suitable taxonomical unit for the assignments of several undetermined species that were previously classified to but distinguishable from the genera "Pseudoeponides" and Helenina. In this research, we examined and measured 58 syntypes and one ideotype (from the Kangkou River on the east flank of Hengchun Peninsula) of Cyclohelenina formosaensis sp. nov., the type species of the new genus. Under the concept of functional morphology, the hispid ornamentation found to be present around every opening on the test of C. formosaensis suggests that it may be an herbivore. Observations of yellowish-green stains within fresh tests (evidence for chloro-phyll from their food source) are consistent with this infer-ence. The test with Iow-trochospiral shape and sutural inci-sions on both sides indicated that C. formosaensis may prefer hyposaline habitats with sandy silt and sand substrates in tide-influenced environments, which is consistent with environment properties of the type locality of the new species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-312
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Foraminiferal Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Palaeontology


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