Cameral aperture

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Fig. 1. Faces (coloured red) in biserial and spiral forms. SEM graphs (if not specified otherwise) of specimens from the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. Recent. A-C: Textularia aff. goesi Cushman, apertural and lateral views of intact specimens and frontal view of broken specimen showing septal face. Note the smooth surfaces characteristic of the faces of many agglutinated forms. D-E: Discorbinoides sp. A in Hottinger et alii, 1993. Plastogamic pair and plastogamic umbilical face with radial grooves. F-G: Glabratellina sp. A in Hottinger et alii, 1993. Ventral view showing plastogamic ventral face with radial grooves and lateral view showing shell whorls with their sutures. H-I: Bolivinella elegans Parr, a lamellar-perforate, biserial form with known plastogamic reproduction, that has radial grooves on its face. J: Floresina spicata (Cushman et Parker) has a smooth face with few radial grooves and in addition grooved septal sutures. A (plastogamic?) plate covers the narrow umbilicus. As yet, plastogamy has not been observed in vivo in this species. K-L: Amphistegina lobifera Larsen, Megalospheric specimen in incident light micrograph, ventral view and detail of apertural face. Note the extension of the ornamented surface for a notable distance over peripheral-ventral parts of the previous whorl. M-N: Amphistegina bicirculata Larsen, megalospheric specimen in incident light micrograph, ventral view and detail of apertural face. Note comparatively much smaller ornamented surface corresponding to lower water energy in its deeper habitat. a: aperture; af: apertural face; f: foramen; p: pore; plp: plastogamous (?) plate; pp: parapore; rgr: (plastogamous) radial grooves; sfa: septal face; stch: stellar chamberlet; stsut: stellar suture; sut: (chamber) suture; wsut: whorl suture; (Hottinger, 2006; fig. 48 [1] CC/BY-NC-SA)


  • according to Hottinger (2006):

CAMERAL APERTURE - (=chamber aperture); single or multiple opening in a chamber-wall that allow the communication of a main chamber lumen with the ambient environment. It may later be converted partially or entirely into an intercameral foramen, unless that foramen has been formed secondarily by resorption. The position of apertures on the apertural face (interiomarginal, marginal, areal, umbilical, extraumbilical, terminal) and persistent patterns in multiple apertures (see endoskeleton) are of fundamental taxonomic value. See also supplementary aperture; foliar aperture, tunnel, mask.

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Hottinger, Halicz & Reiss (1993), Recent Foraminiferida from the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, Opera SAZU, Ljubljana, 33, 179 p. + 230 pls.

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

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