Faunal Trends and Assemblages of the Northern South China Sea Agglutinated Foraminifera

  • Shouyi Zheng
  • Z. Fu
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 327)


Preliminary results of faunal analysis of 149 northern South China Sea surface sediment grab samples collected from 7–1010 m depth, yielded some 250 species of agglutinated foraminifera belonging to 89 genera under 29 families. Agglutinated foraminifera are more densely distributed in the middle shelf to outer shelf regions than in near-shore and slope to bathyal regions. The distribution of relative abundance shows a reverse trend of higher percentage occurrence in near-shore, inner shelf, and bathyal regions than in the middle to outer shelf regions. Species number increases with water depth and different species composition characterizes different depth zones. Based on marked differences in species composition, 5 agglutinated foraminiferal assemblages characterizing inner shelf, middle shelf, outer shelf, shelf edge to slope, and bathyal depths are recognized.


Average Depth Dominance Rank Outer Shelf Shelf Edge Yinggehai Basin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shouyi Zheng
    • 1
  • Z. Fu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Marine Invertebrate Zoology Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdaoPeople’s Republic of China

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