Members of the phylum Foraminifera are single-celled amoeboid protists, typically with a shell or test. Known affectionately as forams, they are abundant all over the ocean, most living on the sea bottom but some are part of the marine plankton. There are about 4,000 known species.

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The Collection and Mounting of Foraminifera
Information on how the amateur collector can find Foraminifera on the shore and can clean and mount them for display.
Finding the Chalk Makers: The Foraminifera
Information and photographs of the organisms responsible for chalk deposits, how to find them, prepare and observe them under the microscope.
Foram Gallery
A collection of photographs of members of the Foramenifera with information about each.
Introduction to the taxonomic group and information on their appearance in the fossil record where they can be used to date rocks, their life history, ecology and morphology.
Information on these single celled organisms with diagrams and images.
Information from Wikipedia on these amoeboid protists with a test or shell, their diversity and life cycle and use as fossils in dating rocks.
Geomarine Research
Information about a New Zealand company engaged in the study of modern and fossil marine foraminifera. Includes abstracts of publications and discussions of research methods.
Giant of the Protozoa
Provides a lesson plan for a course on xenophyophores and how they interact with other species, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [PDF]
Information from Wikipedia on this genus of marine and freshwater amoeboids, closely resembling some foraminiferans, but sometimes classified under the phylum Cercozoa.
Gromia, Gromia wherefore art thou Gromia?
Article by Richard Howey on the discovery of this strange organism among the algae in his aquarium.
Image Gallery
Photographs of about twenty species of foraminifera collected from an estuary in the Netherlands.
Miniacina miniacea
Photographic study by Brian Darnton of this curious foraminiferan from the Mediterranean Sea.
What are Foraminifera?
Forams as they are usually known, are abundant in all the oceans. Information on their biology, what they eat, what eats them, and their use in dating rocks and as environmental indicators.
Article from Wikipedia on these strange marine organisms which genetic studies suggest should be included in the phylum Foraminifera.
Xenophyophores, the Giants of the Protozoan World
Article by Dave Walker on these large single celled organisms found deep in the ocean.
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November 6, 2011 at 21:58:08 UTC
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