Radiolaria are protozoa distinguished by the segregation of their soft anatomy into a central capsule, and their siliceous tests which often have many spines extending outward. Radiolarians have existed since the beginning of the Paleozoic era, producing an astonishing diversity of intricate shapes during their 600 million year history. There are two superorders, Polycystina and Phaeodoria.
A look at an Old Slide
Image of many specimens of Polycistina from the rocks of Barbados.
Information on these organisms including their fossil record, classification, biology and life cycle with a number of images of individual species.
Photograph of various radiolaria skeletons from Barbados and information on collecting them and preparing them for viewing under the microscope.
Small photograph gallery of these microscopic organisms.
Provides an online database containing information about radiolarians, fossil and recent, with images, descriptions, references, synonyms and links to other online resources.
Information from Wikipedia on these amoeboid protozoa which form part of the marine plankton, with illustrations by Ernst Haeckel.
Information on these protozoans and their morphology, their use in geological studies and their distribution throughout the fossil record.
A photographic study by Jean-Marie Cavanihac of these bell-shaped marine protozoans.
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