Helicosphaera obliqua Bramlette & Wilcoxon, 1967
Ovoid shape (narrower at flange termination end) helicolith having an asymmetrical blanket ( Type II, Helicosphaerella recta type), truncated flange termination and a central opening that is spanned by an inverse conjunct bar creating slit-like perforation on both sides of the bar.
The initial section of the flange from the origin is inversely oriented and makes an acute angle with the final termination.
Helicosphaerella obliqua differs from Helicosphaerella truncata (Bramlette & Wilcoxon, 1967) Aubry, Liu, de Vargas, & Probert in Aubry & Bord (2009) and Helicosphaerella recta (Haq, 1966) Aubry, Liu, de Vargas, & Probert in Aubry & Bord (2009) by having an inverse bar whereas the latter species have traverse bars.
Moreover, the initial section of the flange from the origin is inversely oriented in Helicosphaerella obliqua and makes an acute angle with the final termination whereas the transversely oriented initial section of the flange from the origin is making about the right angle with the final termination in Helicosphaerella truncata and Helicosphaerella recta.
Helicosphaerella obliqua is distinguished from Helicosphaerella perch-nielseniae (Haq, 1971) Aubry, Liu, de Vargas, & Probert in Aubry & Bord (2009) by being ovoid shape (narrower at the flange termination end) and having distinct inverse pores whereas the latter has a rectangular shape and indistinct inverse slits (only seen at 45° in polarised light and under SEM.
Helicosphaerella obliqua is further differentiated from Helicosphaerella perch-nielseniae by having an acute angle between its initial section of the flange from the origin and its final termination. This is a right angle in Helicosphaerella perch-nielseniae. The initial section of the flange from the origin is inversely oriented in both species.
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Bramlette & Wilcoxon, 1967
Cipero Section, Trinidad