Preferences help
enabled [disable] Abstract
Number of results
2020 | 30 | 2 | 75-88
Article title

Diversity of Recent Benthic Foraminifera and its Environmental Condition of Selected Estuaries in Tamil Nadu, India

Title variants
Languages of publication
Micropaleontological investigation has been carried out, for the first time to study the systematic of recent Benthic Foraminifera from the southeast coast flowing river estuaries Cauvery, Athankarai and Thamirabarani, Tamil Nadu, India. Totally 16 sediment samples were collected during December 2018. Benthic foraminiferal species, belonging to 14 species, 7 families and 5 Sub-orders are identified. Among this Miliolida (>75%) occupies the dominant place followed by Rotaliida (<25%). The higher species are observed in the rivermouth area particularly in the Cauvery estuary sample (365 species of Ammonia beccarii). The following species are abundantly distributed in this region namely Ammonia beccarii, Quinqueloculina and Miliolinella subrotunda. The abundance of species in the river mouth may be due to the mixing of marine and nearshore environment.
Physical description
  • Department of Marine Science, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Department of Marine Science, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Department of Marine Science, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Department of Marine Science, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
  • [1] Corliss, B. H. Microhabitats of benthic foraminifera within deep-sea sediments. Nature, 314(6010) (1985) 435-438
  • [2] Elakkiya, P., & Manivannan, V. Recent benthic foraminifera from off the coast of Arkattuthurai (near Nagapattinam), south east coast of India. Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences Vol. 42 (7), November 2013, pp. 877-887
  • [3] Hayward, B. W., Holzmann, M., Grenfell, H. R., Pawlowski, J., & Triggs, C. M. Morphological distinction of molecular types in Ammonia–towards a taxonomic revision of the world’s most commonly misidentified foraminifera. Marine Micropaleontology, 50(3-4), (2004) 237-271
  • [4] Nagendra, R., Sathiyamoorthy, P., Reddy, A.N. et al. Spatial distribution of benthic foraminifera in the Palar estuary, Tamil Nadu. J Geol Soc India 86, 305–316 (2015).
  • [5] Kumar V. Ecology, distribution and systematics of Recent benthic foraminifera from the Palk Bay, off Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. Unpublished PhD thesis, Bharathidasan Univ, Tiruchirapalli, India (1988).
  • [6] Loeblich Jr., Alfred R., Tappan, Helen. Foraminiferal genera and their classification. Springer (2015). DOI:10.1007/978-1-4899-5760-3
  • [7] Murray, J. W. Ecology and palaeoecology of benthic foraminifera: Longman Scientific and Technical. Harlow, Essex, UK (1991).
  • [8] Pravasini Pati. Benthic foraminiferal responses to coastal pollution: a review. International Journal of Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences Vol. 2 (1) (2012) 42-56
  • [9] Ramanathan, A. L., Subramanian, V., & Vaithiyanathan, P. Chemical and Sediment Characteristics of the Upper Reaches of Cauvery Estuary, East Coast of India. Indian Journal of Marine Sciences Vol. 17, June 1988, pp. 1l4-120
  • [10] Sanil Kumar, V., Anand, N. M. and Gowthaman, R. Variation in near shore processes along Nagapattinam coast, India. Curr. Sci. 82, pp. (2002) 1381-1389.
  • [11] Saraswat. R, A. Deopujari, R. Nigam and P.J. Henriques. Relationship between Abundance and Morphology of Benthic Foraminifera Epistominella exigua: Paleoclimatic Implications. Journal of the Geological Society of India 77(2) (2011) 190-196
  • [12] Sivaleela, G. And Venkataraman, K. Diversity and Distribution of Benthic Foraminifera from Tamilnadu Coast, India. Rec. Zool, Sura. India 113(Part-4): (2013) 01-12
  • [13] Rajeev Saraswat, et al. Abundance and Ecology of Endemic Asterorotalia trispinosa from the Western Bay of Bengal: Implications for its Application as a Paleomonsoon Proxy. Acta Geologica Sinica Vol. 91 No. 6 (2017) pp. 2268–2282
  • [14] Gandhi, S., Rajamanickam, G. V., & Nigam, R. Taxonomy and distribution of benthic foraminifera from the sediments of Palk Strait, Tamil Nadu, east coast of India. Journal of The Palaeontological Society of India, 47 (2002) 47-64
  • [15] Gandhi, M. S., & Rajamanickam, G. V. Distribution of certain ecological parameters and foraminiferal distribution in the depositional environment of Palk Strait, east coast of India. Indian Journal of Marine Sciences Vol 33(3), September 2004, pp. 287-295
  • [16] Gandhi, M. S., & Mohan, S. P. Benthic foraminiferal and its environmental degradation studies between the tsunamigenic sediments of Mandapam and Tuticorin, south east coast of India. Science of Tsunami Hazards, 26(2), (2007) 115
  • [17] Gandhi, M. S., Rao, N. R., Kasilingam, K., & Raja, M. Distribution, ecology and paleoenvironments of Benthic foraminifera-A case study off Manora, Palk Strait, Tamil Nadu. Indian Journal of Geo Marine Sciences Vol. 47 (02), February 2018, pp. 281-290
  • [18] Vignesh, S., Dahms, H., Kumarasamy, P. et al. Microbial Effects on Geochemical Parameters in a Tropical River Basin. Environ. Process. 2 (2015) 125-144
  • [19] Srinjana Ghosh, Rupendu Ray, Suchandra Chowdhury, Abundance and diversity profile of invertebrate macro benthic faunal components in a coastal ecosystem of Eastern India. World Scientific News 102 (2018) 59-75
  • [20] Wang, K., Dickinson, R. E., and Liang, S. Clear sky visibility has decreased over land globally from 1973 to 2007. Science 323 (2009) 1468-1470
Document Type
Publication order reference
YADDA identifier
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.