Foraminiferan shell

Foraminiferan shell

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Caption: Foraminiferan. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the shell of a foraminiferan (family Globigerinidae). This single-celled animal, a relative of the amoeba, is found in marine environments. It inhabits a multi- chambered calcareous (calcium carbonate- containing) shell. In other geological periods foraminiferans were among the most common organisms; tens of thousands of fossils are known. Fossilised foraminiferans serve as a useful guide for ageing the rock formations in which they are found. This specimen was found at a depth of 20 metres in the Mediterranean Sea. Magnification: x170 at 6x7cm size. x280 at 4x5"

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Keywords: amoeba, animal, calcareous, coloured, european, foraminiferan, globigerinidae, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, mediterranean sea, nature, protozoa, protozoan, rhizopodan, scanning electron micrograph, sem, shelled, wildlife, zoology

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