Original paper

Taxonomy, distribution patterns and ecology of Recent littoral foraminifera of the east coast of India

Kathal, P. K.

Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen Band 224 Heft 1 (2002), p. 115 - 160

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published: Apr 25, 2002

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The paper presents a first comprehensive account of foraminifera along the east coast of India on the basis of 96 surface samples of the littoral sediments collected at 16 stations along the 2500 km long coastal stretch. The assemblage of dead Recent foraminifera is dominated by the Miliolidae comprising 35 % of the total species, followed by Rotaliidae (18 %), Elphididae (11 %), Nonionidae, (7 %), Cassidulinidae (5 %), Globigerinidae and Discorbidae (4 %), Fursenkoinidae, Loxostomatidae, Eponididae, Amphisteginidae and Nummulitidae (2 % each). Five species:Rosalina bradyii, Cibicides cf. C. subhaidingerii, Florilus grateloupi, Hyalinea asiana, Pseudorotalia indopacificana are reported for the first time from Indian waters. The systematics, morphological variations, and distribution patterns of the Recent foraminifera of this study is compared with ecological parameters from other regions.