Recent benthic foraminiferal assemblages from the Celtic Sea (South Western Approaches, NE Atlantic)

Dorst, Sabine, Schönfeld, Joachim and Walter, Lilli (2015) Recent benthic foraminiferal assemblages from the Celtic Sea (South Western Approaches, NE Atlantic) Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 89 (3). pp. 287-302. DOI 10.1007/s12542-014-0240-6.

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The faunal composition and diversity pattern of Recent benthic foraminifera from the shelf and slope of the South Western Approaches (Celtic Sea) were assessed. The sampling stations cover a depth range from 100 to 500 m. A total number of 294 species was recorded, of which 89 were found exclusively in the living fauna and 118 only in the dead assemblage, whereas 87 species were found in both assemblages. The faunal composition revealed a distinct bisection of the living fauna on the shelf. While certain distribution patterns of living dominant species were recognized along a NE-SW trending transect towards the shelf edge, the living fauna changed within small depth intervals and geographic position on the slope. Causes for this structured slope assemblages were probably along-slope currents of varying strengths, as well as variations in topography and bottom sediments. Analyses of population densities and diversity patterns determined high densities along the shelf edge and at one slope station, as well as an increasing diversity with water depth. A comparison with literature
data from the same area yields distinct differences in faunal composition on the shelf and slope. The diversity was similar on the shelf, but higher at corresponding stations on the slope. We conclude that the faunal composition was highly influenced by the time and methods of sampling. In order to obtain consistent results in regional studies, all samples should be taken in a short time interval and by using the same sampling device. In addition, we depicted the influences of environmental parameters on dead faunal assemblages and their consequences for paleoenvironmental interpretations of fossil foraminiferal assemblages.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: WOS:000361556800002
Keywords: Benthic foraminifera; Diversity; Distribution pattern; Celtic Sea; NE Atlantic; Benthische Foraminiferen; Diversität Verbreitungsmuster, Keltische See, Nordostatlantik, RV Victor Hensen; VH97, RS Thalia, RV Belgica, BG08/12a, RV Poseidon, POS201/10
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-P-OZ Paleo-Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1007/s12542-014-0240-6
ISSN: 0031-0220
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 08:07
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2017 08:47

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