Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
Data description paper
09 Feb 2023
Data description paper |  | 09 Feb 2023

BENFEP: a quantitative database of benthic foraminifera from surface sediments of the eastern Pacific

Paula Diz, Víctor González-Guitián, Rita González-Villanueva, Aida Ovejero, and Iván Hernández-Almeida

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Short summary
Benthic foraminifera are key components of the ocean benthos and marine sediments. Determining their geographic distribution is highly relevant for improving our understanding of the recent and past ocean benthic ecosystem and establishing adequate conservation strategies. Here, we contribute to this knowledge by generating an open-access database of previously documented quantitative data of benthic foraminifera species from surface sediments of the eastern Pacific (BENFEP).