Benthic Foraminifera of Laucala Bay (Suva, Fiji)

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Foraminifera (often abbreviated to "forams") are acellular organisms (protists) that form shells (tests) of calcium carbonate or cemented grains of sand or other material which, when the animals die, may form calcareous sand. The purpose of the study was to determine the species of benthic foraminifera present in Laucala Bay, and to investigate the role of large foraminifera, especially the soritid Marginopora vertebralis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) in supplying carbonate sediments to a lagoonal sedimentary system in Fiji, namely the Nukubuco Reef flat in Laucala Bay. A total of 68 different species from 48 different genera were identified from the 13 sites sampled and the species classification and taxonomy were determined.

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Sharma A, Brown K (2021): Benthic Foraminifera of Laucala Bay (Suva, Fiji). v1.1. Southwestern Pacific Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Node. Dataset/Occurrence. https://nzobisipt.niwa.co.nz/resource?r=suvaforam&v=1.1


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Occurrence; Observation; Occurrence


Ashishika Sharma
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Coastal Specialist
Auckland Council
Kelly Brown
  • Originator
The University of the South Pacific
Kevin Mackay

Geographic Coverage

Laucala Bay, Suva, Fiji

Bounding Coordinates South West [-18.19, 178.4], North East [-18.11, 178.53]

Taxonomic Coverage

Phylum foraminifera

Phylum foraminifera

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2004-03-01 / 2004-07-31

Sampling Methods

Sediment samples of approximately 1kg were collected from 12 sites in Laucala Bay and one site in Suva Harbour, by wading or snorkeling and collecting handfuls of sand, or in deeper water, using a grab sampler.

Study Extent This dataset describes the species of foraminifera that were identified in Laucala Bay, Suva, Fiji, as part of a Master of Science research thesis.

Method step description:

  1. Detailed methodology can be obtained from the Master of Science thesis in the Citations section.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Sharma, A. D. (2007). A study of the benthic foraminifera of Laucala Bay, with special focus on Marginopora vertebralis. Master of Science in Marine Science thesis. The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. http://digilib.library.usp.ac.fj/gsdl/collect/usplibr1/index/assoc/HASH0180/d8252707.dir/doc.pdf

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS