EGU21-16505, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Seascape ecological view as a new insight of benthic foraminiferal community

Hiroshi Kitazato
Hiroshi Kitazato
  • Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Tokyo 108-8477, Japan

Foraminifers secrete various chemicals for chamber walls. They are calcium carbonates such as calcite, aragonite, Mg-calcite, organic compounds for agglutinated chambers and/or organic cemented test walls.  Foraminiferal test walls basically form according to genetic information.  However, same test group is tended to gather at specific microenvironments.  For instance, turf shaped algal microhabitat such as coralline algae at rocky shore is composed of both frond and thallus parts as microhabitat.  Frond part is open space where fresh seawater moves inbetween one frond and the other.  Elphidium crispum, Pararotalia nipponica and Patellina corrugate and other calcareous foraminifers dwell at frond surface.  In contrast, thallus part is muddy and high concentration of organic matters.  The thallus part shows less oxygenated than frondal part as the space is close.  Microbial cascades are developed at thallus part.  Minor elements such as Mg or Sr are relatively high in sediment.  Soft-shelled forms such as Allogromia, gromiid, agglutinated forms and miliolids groups with high magnesian calcite tests flourish at the thallus part.

Microhabitat segregation and microenvironmental differences may cause similar biomineralization of benthic foraminiferal tests.  I would like to stress that micro-seascape should be important to characterize benthic foraminiferal assemblages.

How to cite: Kitazato, H.: Seascape ecological view as a new insight of benthic foraminiferal community, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-16505,, 2021.