Genetic and morphological divergence in the warm-water planktonic foraminifera genus Globigerinoides

Raphaël Morard, Angelina Füllberg, Geert-jan A. Brummer, Mattia Greco, Lukas Jonkers, André Wizemann, Agnes K. M. Weiner, Kate Darling, Michael Siccha, Ronan Ledevin, Hiroshi Kitazato, Thibault De Garidel-thoron, Colomban De Vargas, Michal Kucera, Fabrizio Frontalini (Editor)

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The planktonic foraminifera genus Globigerinoides provides a prime example of a speciesrich genus in which genetic and morphological divergence are uncorrelated. To shed light on the evolutionary processes that lead to the present-day diversity of Globigerinoides, we investigated the genetic, ecological and morphological divergence of its constituent species. We assembled a global collection of single-cell barcode sequences and show that the genus consists of eight distinct genetic types organized in five extant morphospecies. Based on morphological evidence, we reassign the species Globoturborotalita tenella to
Globigerinoides and amend Globigerinoides ruber by formally proposing two new subspecies, G. ruber albus n.subsp. and G. ruber ruber in order to express their subspecies level distinction and to replace the informal G. ruber “white” and G. ruber “pink”, respectively. The genetic types within G. ruber and Globigerinoides elongatus show a combination of endemism and coexistence, with little evidence for ecological differentiation. CT-scanning and ontogeny analysis reveal that the diagnostic differences in adult morphologies could be
explained by alterations of the ontogenetic trajectories towards final (reproductive) size. This indicates that heterochrony may have caused the observed decoupling between genetic and morphological diversification within the genus. We find little evidence for environmental forcing of either the genetic or the morphological diversification, which allude to biotic interactions such as symbiosis, as the driver of speciation in Globigerinoides.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e0225246
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2019


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