Foraminifera

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Fo·ram·i·nif·e·ra

(fō-ram'i-nif'ĕr-ă, for'ă-mi-nif'er-ă),
A subclass of Rhizopoda possessing anastomosing pseudopodia; these form a network around the cell that usually develops into a complex calcareous shell; an important component of the ocean bottom and of rockbeds overlying oil deposits.
[L. foramen, aperture, + fero, to carry]

Foraminifera

amoeboid PROTOZOANS that possess chitinous, calcareous or siliceous shells that are usually many-chambered. Calcareous Foraminifera are the main constituent of chalk.
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Vertebrate and invertebrate megafossils as well as foraminiferans and diatoms previously have been reported from the Puente Formation.
Bernhard focuses on protists called foraminiferans and symbiotic bacteria that seem to help the protists live in extreme environments such as the deep sea.
Nestor (1994) has provided 7-grade estimations of the plankton/benthos ratio in acid-resistant microfossil assemblages (mainly chitinozoans representing the plankton, and scolecodonts, melanoscleritoids, and foraminiferans representing the benthos).
The two areas provide present-day and post-spill scenarios that show how foraminiferans may be used to detect the duration needed for bioremediation within a marsh environment.
Foraminiferans, coralline algae, corals, brachiopods, bryozoans, worms, and mollusks form structures of shelly calcium carbonate on rocks.
686[degrees]E), -50 m, shell and coral sand with foraminiferans, dredged CSIR Water Research (A5849); ditto, -46 m, sediment at base of drop-off in canyon, dredged UND Marine Geoscience Unit, 7.