Molecular identification of diatom endosymbionts in nummulitid Foraminifera

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  • 01-01-2006

M. Holzmann, C. Berney, J. Hohenegger. Symbiosis 42 (2006): 93-101.

The majority of extant families of larger Foraminifera are hosts for cndosymbiotic diatoms, among them also Nummulitidae, which are the largest calcareous foraminiferans. Nummulitidae occur in reef environments and extend their depth distribution down to the base of the photic zone. They reach their highest diversity and abundance in the western Pacific. Some information about the diversity of nummulitid diatom symbionts has been gained by investigating morphological and ultrastructural…

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