Foraminifera Gallery - illustrated catalog
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Foraminifera form a considerable part of Earth biomass
and are in the fossil record since at least 542.000.000 B.C..

Nonetheless they are mainly ignored by the public.

With this non-commercial project we want to foster the interest
in these precious and basal forms of life.

we recommend to use microslides from Kreativika

Online 27th of November 2015: 10199 forams (2765 species)

Austrotrillina howchini (Schlumberger, 1898)
Java, Indonesia
Letter Stage: Lower Tf
the image is provided by Peter Lunt
Plummercell with 582 forams from a core
drilled in the Central Pacific at 3933m depth
Pleistocene, material provided by the
Lamont Doherty Core Repository
Bolivina pontis Finlay, 1939
Maheno, New Zealand
Runangan (New Zealand regional stage), Eocene
the image is provided by Dr. Simone B. Hicks
Austrotrillina howchini to the single fields

the specimens are placed by Karl-Otto Bock
and the images are made by Dieter Ketelsen
Bolivina pontis

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    Type Specimens
in the collection of the
American Museum of
Natural History
New York

    Type Specimens, American Museum of Natural History

HMS Challenger Collection  
Plate 41 online and

all 115


Atlas of Maastrichtian Foraminifera
The fossil foraminifera of the
Tertiary basin of Vienna
Tertiary Foraminifera  Vienna Basin
    Forams in the Sternberger Gestein    
    Lenticulina Robulus osnabrugensis    
    Key to Benthic Species    
    Key to Benthic Species
identify your specimens
from drawings
includes so far 538 species
    Key to Planktonic Species    
    Key to Planktonic Species
identify your specimens
from drawings
includes so far 142 species
    Beauty of Nature    
    Beauty of Nature    
      Type Specimens    
Type Specimens the type specimen of a species is the original specimen from which the description of a new species is made. Thanks to Prof. Michael A. Kaminski and Dr. Claudia G. Cetean we are able to show 64 type specimens in the collections of the Natural History Museum London.   [more]
The Plummercell Slide Collection of
Karl-Otto Bock
Plummercell Slide Collection of Karl-Otto Bock
Karl-Otto Bock collects since long foraminifera as a hobby. In the course of time he has produced 150+ plummercell slides. We found a way to bring his slides online showing each single fiel with just a click.      [Check it out]
Paleozoic Foraminifera
Paleozoic Foraminifera
Thanks to Dr. James E. Conkin and Prof. Barbara M. Conkin we are now able to work on Paleozoic Foraminifera. We started with Carboniferous foraminifera. [more]
Free Introduction to Forams
Introduction to Foraminiferology