Our fabulous forams prove abundant, diverse and unusually gigantic

Discospirina foram
This foram in the genus Discospirina builds a test (shell) with mutlitple chambers. It is very flat and appears white as it is made up of calcium carbonate. A different foram species is attached to the top of Discospirina, using its shell as hard substrate. Other specimens of Discospirina collected on the voyage from depths of 2500 metres were as large as 1.5 centimeters.

Exploring a perfect square of abyssal seafloor, one teaspoon of sediment at a time

Merrick Ekins and Caroline Farrely sorting specimens
Merrick Ekins of Queensland Museum and Caroline Farrely of Museums Victoria sorting specimens.

Day 6: Merrick Ekins, Queensland Museum

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