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A macrofaunal analysis of the Eocene of southeastern Nigeria

Authors
Journal
Journal of African Earth Sciences (and the Middle East)
0899-5362
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0899-5362(89)90053-5
Disciplines
  • Ecology

Abstract

Abstract One hundred and nine macroinvertebrat species, seventy eight genera and fourty six families have been recorded from the Eocene Ameki Formation. The fauna is dominated by gastropods, followed by bivalves and echinoids. Turridae, Carditidae and Veneridae are the most diverse molluscan families while the gastropod species Turritella amekiensis and the bivalves Glans (A) costaenodulosis display the highest number of individuals. The ecological requirements of the Ameki macrofauna are shallow to moderately deep, normal to near normal marine tropical waters in a humid climatic zone.

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