Modern deep-sea benthic foraminifera: a brief review of their morphology-based biodiversity and trophic diversity

  title={Modern deep-sea benthic foraminifera: a brief review of their morphology-based biodiversity and trophic diversity},
  author={Andrew J. Gooday and Hidetaka Nomaki and Hiroshi Kitazato},
Abstract Most fossil deep-sea foraminifera are multichambered and have relatively robust, calcareous or agglutinated shells. Modern assemblages, on the other hand, include many fragile monothalamous (single-chambered) forms and komokiaceans (a superfamily of protist currently placed within the foraminifera) with soft test walls. These groups are poorly known and most of the hundreds of morphospecies recognized in deep-sea samples are undescribed. The relative abundance of robust and fragile… 

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