Orbitolitid structure

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Fig. 1. Endoskeletal patterns in discoidal shells (after Hottinger, 1967) H1-2: Orbitolites spp. from the region of Tremp, Lerida prov., Northern Spain. Pyrenean Lower Eocene (Ilerdian). H1: the comparatively regular disposition of the ramps in sections parallel to the equatorial plane reveals their superposition in consecutive stolon planes. H2: in the transverse section parallel to the axis of the shell this superposition is clearly visible where the section is tangential to an annular septum. Abbreviations:f: foramen; ra: ramp; s: septum; sl: septulum; (Hottinger, 2006; fig. 47 [1] CC/BY-NC-SA)


  • according to Hottinger (2006):

ORBITOLITID STRUCTURE - an arrangement of endoskeletal elements as in Orbitolites: apertural axes oblique in respect to the radial direction in the discoidal shell, overcrossing and superposed in radial positions in neighbouring stolon planes. So far, only septular (i.e. continuous) endoskeletal elements are known to follow the orbitolitid pattern of stolon axes. Orbitolinid structure is basically the same as orbitolitid structure, but it produces radial subdivisions within a discoidal chamber whereas the orbitolitid structure produces subdivsions of an annular chamber.

See also


Hottinger (1967), Foraminifères imperforés du Mésozoïque marocain, Notes et Mémoires du Service géologique, Rabat, N° 209, p. 5-168

Hottinger (2006), Illustrated glossary of terms used in foraminiferal research. Carnets de Géologie, Memoir 2, ISSN 1634-0744.

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