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Compilation of benthic foraminiferal data from the northern Gulf of Cadiz continental shelf

Benthic foraminiferal data were obtained from surface sediment samples and sediment cores collected on the eastern northern Gulf of Cadiz shelf (see map). There is available information about living, dead and fossil benthic foraminiferal assemblages, namely: absolute and relative abundances; diversity indexes; relative abundances of most abundant (>5%) species and photographs of documented species (see examples) obtained using a scanning electron microscope (in grey) and with a camera attached to the microscope (in pink, living specimens stained).
For detailed information, see:

  • Mendes, I., Dias, J.A., Schönfeld, J., Ferreira, Ó., Rosa, F., Gonzalez, R., Lobo, J.F., 2012. Natural and human-induced Holocene paleoenvironmental changes, on the Guadiana shelf (northern Gulf of Cadiz). The Holocene, 22(9), 1011-1024.
  • Mendes, I., Dias, J.A., Schönfeld, J., Ferreira, Ó., 2012. Distribution of living benthic foraminifera on the Northern Gulf of Cadiz continental shelf. Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 42(1), 18-38.
  • Mendes, I., Dias, J.A., Schönfeld, J., Ferreira, Ó., Rosa. F., Lobo, F.J., 2013. Living, dead and fossil benthic foraminifera on a river dominated shelf (northern Gulf of Cadiz) and their use for paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Continental Shelf Research, 68, 91-111.
  • Mendes, I., Lobo, F.J., Hanebuth, T.J.J., López-Quirós, Á., Schönfeld, J., Lebreiro, S., Reguera, M.I., Antón, L., Ferreira, Ó., 2020. Temporal variability of flooding events of Guadiana River (Iberian Peninsula) during the middle to late Holocene: Imprints in the shallow-marine sediment record. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 556, 109900.

    For more information and data access, please contact Dr. Isabel Mendes (