The author is undertaking a regional study of the living (stained) benthic foraminiferal faunas of the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas (Barents Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean). Quantitative and qualitative data on assemblages have been compiled on more than 2000 samples for the 0–1 cm sediment interval. Most areas have been sampled on a single occasion; replicates and repeated sampling for temporal studies are treated as individual samples. The results will be used to define patterns of distribution of standing crop and biodiversity and to relate them to potential causes. These data have come from the literature spanning the period...

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