Articles | Volume 34, issue 1
J. Micropalaeontol., 34, 21–49, 2015
https://doi.org/10.1144/jmpaleo2013-022
J. Micropalaeontol., 34, 21–49, 2015
https://doi.org/10.1144/jmpaleo2013-022

  01 Jan 2015

01 Jan 2015

Late Quaternary deep-sea ostracod taxonomy of the eastern North Atlantic Ocean

Moriaki Yasuhara and Hisayo Okahashi Moriaki Yasuhara and Hisayo Okahashi
  • School of Biological Sciences, Swire Institute of Marine Science, and Department of Earth Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong SAR, China

Keywords: deep-sea, Ostracoda, taxonomy, Quaternary, eastern North Atlantic, upper bathyal

Abstract. Taxonomic revision and re-evaluation of the eastern North Atlantic deep-sea ostracods are conducted based on late Quaternary sediments from Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Hole 982A, Rockall Plateau, eastern North Atlantic. Twenty-one genera and 51 species were examined and (re-)illustrated with high-resolution scanning electron microscopy images. Six new species are described: Polycope lunaris, Argilloecia labri, Bythoceratina nuda, Cytheropteron colesoabyssorum, Cytheropteron colesopunctatum and Cytheropteron paramediotumidum. Excellent fossil ostracod preservation in this sediment core enabled us to provide a robust taxonomic baseline of the eastern North Atlantic deep-sea ostracods for application to palaeoceanographical, palaeoecological and biogeographical studies.