(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

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Recent foraminiferal assemblages from mixed carbonate-siliciclastic sediments of southern Somalia and eastern Kenya

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A total of 256 recent benthic foraminiferal species belonging to 111 genera is identified from 73 carbonate-siliciclastic sediment samples collected along the coast of southern Somalia (Burgao channel) and eastern Kenya (Lamu Archipelago). The sediment samples are representative of different environments (e.g., mangrove flats, tidal channels, restricted shelf, and open shelf), water depths (0-60 m), and salinities (strongly brackish to normal marine conditions). Q-mode Hierarchical Cluster Analysis reveals that 9 assemblages can be distinguished; for each assemblage, faunal composition and distribution, diversity indices and dominance are assessed. Salinity, suspended sediment, nutrient levels, and tidal exposure are the most influential factors in determining benthic foraminiferal distribution patterns. An interesting feature is the nearshore contraction of the depth gradient determining the shallower distribution of several larger foraminiferal species, as evidenced by the depth ranges of 5 species of Amphistegina. - (NF)


Article of periodic

published at : Italian Journal of Geosciences / ISSN 2038-1719

Editor : Società Geologica Italiana, Roma - ITALIE (2009)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 131, no1 [pp. 47-65]

Bibliographic references : 67 ref.

Collation : 7 fig., 2 tabl.




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