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Foraminifera Gallery - illustrated catalog
Welcome to this illustrated Foraminifera Gallery or Foraminifera Catalog, which wants to build a link between science and community.
Send us your sand or rock sample and we extract forams and shoot images for free. Contact us

This project depends on both of you: Contribute as a scientist  /  Study foraminifera as a non-scientist
Foraminifera form a considerable part of Earth biomass and are in the fossil record
since at least 542.000.000 B.C., but 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.

Try the illustrated Taxonomy Guide

Online 15th of May 2012: 5038 forams and new:
Blue Springs, USA, Ripley Formation, Campanian
Brizalina subaenariensis mexicana
(Cushman, 1922)

recent, off Mississippi Delta, Gulf of Mexico, USA
bottom sediment from 87m depth
Neoflabellina reticulata (Reuss, 1851)
Hemmoor, Northern Germany
Miliolinella webbiana
(d'Orbigny, 1839)

recent, Brački Channel, Croatia
from 27,5-28,2m depth
Brizalina subaenariensis
Neoflabellina reticulata
Miliolinella webbiana

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Beauty of Nature
Beauty of Nature
HMS Challenger Collection
Plate 41
Jan. 2012
online and

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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
Type Specimens
A type specimen 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 major journal for scientific papers on fossil and recent foraminifera.
Lägerdorf Chalkpits
In the chalkpits of Lägerdorf Upper-Cretaceous successions are exposed - rich in foraminifera. They are situated close to Hamburg and thus one of our favorite study-areas.    [more]
Mikhalevich Classification
Mikhalevich Classification

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- how to store foraminifera
Index Foraminifera Upper Cretaceous
Microslides are commonly used to store microfossils such as foraminifera. The standard dimensions are 76 mm in length, 26 mm in width and 2 mm in depth.
Forams may be accurately fixed as seen above or loosely stored.         [more]
Index Foraminifera
Index Foraminifera Upper Cretaceous
Foraminifera are commonly used as index fossils, also called marker or guide fossils. An index foraminifera may indicate from which geological time the sedimentary rock is, the foraminifera is found in. We show easily recognizable species         [more]

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North Atlantic:  Sample No. 213, Hebridian Slope      recent from 841m depth                     Plummer cell slide produced by Karl-Otto Bock
Hebridian slope plummercell

Mediterranean  Malia, Crete, Greece      recent from the beach                     Plummer cell slide produced by Karl-Otto Bock
Malia, Crete plummercell

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