Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
Biogeosciences, 14, 827–859, 2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 827–859, 2017

Research article 24 Feb 2017

Research article | 24 Feb 2017

Factors controlling the depth habitat of planktonic foraminifera in the subtropical eastern North Atlantic

Andreia Rebotim et al.

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Planktonic foraminifera species depth habitat remains poorly constrained and the existing conceptual models are not sufficiently tested by observational data. Here we present a synthesis of living planktonic foraminifera abundance data in the subtropical eastern North Atlantic from vertical plankton tows. We also test potential environmental factors influencing the species depth habitat and investigate yearly or lunar migration cycles. These findings may impact paleoceanographic studies.
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