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The marine benthic microfauna of the tidal flats of Kuwait

Auther : S. AL-ABDUL-RAZZAQ,* W. SHUBLAQt AND Z. AL-SHEIKH

Department of Geology, University of Kuwait and Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

 

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The living benthic microfauna of the tidal flats of Kuwait Bay is found in the low energy environments where the wide flats are covered mainly by silt and silty sand. No living microfauna is found in the turbid areas along the northern coast of Kuwait Bay, nor in the high energy environments along the southern coast of Kuwait where sand deposits cover the narrow flats. However, a living microfauna is found in the silty sands of the unique microenvironments of Al-Khiran area in the south.  The Foraminifera are the most abundant living benthic microfauna in the tidal flats of Kuwait, with Amrnonin tepida Cushman being the most dominant. The living ostracode assemblages characterising the restricted tidal flat areas are quite different from those living in the open marine environments of the Arabian Gulf; the most common species are Loxroconcha (Loxoconchi) indica Jain, Xestoleheris rotunda Hartmann and Hernicytlleridea puiki Jain. Microgastropods tolerate living in the restricted environments of the tidal flats while microbivalves are the least abundant living microfauna in these areas.

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