Found in the plankton today. I don't see these very often.
From a plankton tow on the pier by GFNMS visitors center. I don't often see these.
Found on decaying surfgrass at low tide. Image taken using Foldscope and documented at microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=16212
The Foraminifera ("hole bearers", or forams for short) are a phylum or class of amoeboid protists. They are characterized both by their thin pseudopodia that form an external net for catching food, and they usually have an external shell, or test, made of various materials and constructed in diverse forms. Most forams are aquatic, primarily marine, and the majority of species live on or within the seafloor sediment (benthos) with a small number of species known...