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1.1.1 basic terms
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Foraminifera (hole bearers) or forams for short, are a large phylum of amoeboid protozoans (single celled) with reticulating pseudopods, fine strands of cytoplasm that branch and merge to form a dynamic net. They usually produce a test (or inner shell) which can have one or more chambers, and are commonly made of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) or particles glued together. The tests are usually less than 0.5 mm in size, but can range up to 20 cm. Foraminifera are among the most abundant and scientifically important groups of marine organisms. Foraminifera live in all marine environments from the greatest depths to the highest tide levels, from the equator to the poles and in freshwater. Rewritten from WMFD
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The most important parts of the foraminiferid cell are enclosed within an inner shell called test. It is variously composed of secreted organic matter (tectin), secreted minerals (calcite, aragonite or silica) or of agglutinated particles. This test consists of a single (unilocular)chamber or multiple (multilocular) chambers mostly less than 1 mm across and each interconnected by one or several openings called foramen/foramina.
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