Coloured SEM of foraminifera test; Elphidium sp.

Coloured SEM of foraminifera test; Elphidium sp.

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Caption: Foraminiferan shell. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of the shell of the single-celled protozoan Elphidium crispum, order Foraminiferida. Foraminiferans construct and inhabit shells which are composed of several chambers and usually penetrated by pores through which the cellular contents is extruded. The organisms live in the sea or salt-water lakes. Foraminiferan shells form an important component of chalk and of many deep sea oozes. In previous geological ages Foraminifera occurred in such enormous numbers that their shells, largely of calcium carbonate, have formed immense fossil deposits seen today as limestone. Magnification: x65 at 5x7cm size. x210 at 10x8"

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Keywords: animal, elphidium crispum, foraminifera, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, plankton, protozoa, protozoan, shell, shells, test, wildlife, zoology, zooplankton

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