The Ecology, Distribution and Taxonomy of Crithionina Hispida Flint, 1899

  • Andrea Thies
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 327)


Crithionina hispida Flint is one of the most abundant species in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea, but it has only been marginally treated in the literature. It can be regarded as a distinct species and not as a variety of C. pisum Goës. This separation is based on the presence of different cement types, since hispidity (= hispid test surface caused by protruding sponge-needles) is not the only species criterion. Crithionina hispida occupies an infaunal habitat, living in the uppermost centimeter of the sediment or in empty foraminiferal tests. It appears to feed on organic detritus and other foraminifers, and responds dramatically to experimental changes in food input. Crithionina hispida has not been found in dead assemblages. Its rapid disappearance from Crithionina dominated populations seriously biases the fossil assemblage.


Foraminiferal Assemblage Fossil Assemblage Cement Type Organic Detritus Organic Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Thies
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  1. 1.Geologisch/Paläontologisches Institut der Christian Albrechts UniversitätKiel 1West-Germany

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