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Exuma - Bahamas


Foram Taxonomy - Modern planktonic foraminifera



The photographs below were assembled in the early 1960's by Allan Bé, a distinguished micropaleontologist who worked at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. For almost 50 years they have been passed around and used by many labs and taxonomists and were published as a complete set in 1977. With the permission of Elsevier* and Allan's colleagues, I am posting them here so they will continue to be of use to "bug-pickers" around the world.

Species identification key can be found below.                                      

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Identification Key:

species 1 - Hastigerina pelagica
species 2 - Hastigerina digitata
species 3 - Orbulina universa
species 4 - Globigerinoides ruber
species 5 - Globigerinoides conglobatus
species 6 - Globigerinoides sacculifer (6c with sac)
species 7 - Sphaeroidinella dehiscens
species 8 - Globigerina falconensis
species 9 - Globigerina bulloides
species 10 - Globigerina calida
species 11 - Globigerina digitata
species 12 - Globigerinella aequilateralis
species 13 - Globigerinella adamsi
species 14 - Globigerina rubescens
species 15 - Globigerina quinqueloba
species 16 - Globigerina humilis
species 17 - Glogorotalia pumilio
species 18 - Globigerinita glutinata
species 19 - Globigerinita uvula (also known as G. bradyi)
species 20 - Globigerinita iota
species 21 - Globigerinoides tenellus
species 22 - Neogloboquadrina pachyderma (a-e are left-coiling; f-j are right-coiling)
species 23 - Neogloboquadrina dutertrei
species 24 - Globoquadrina hexagona
species 25 - Globoquaadrina conglomerata
species 26 - Pulleniatina obliquiloculata
species 27 - Globorotalia inflata
species 28 - Globorotalia scitula
species 29 - Globorotalia theyeri
species 30 - Globorotalia crassaformis
species 31 - Globorotalia crotonensis
species 32 - Globorotalia cavernula
species 33 - Globorotalia hirsuta
species 34 - Globorotalia truncatulinoides
species 35 - Globorotalia menardii
species 36 - Globorotalia menardii gibberula
species 37 - Globorotalia neoflexuosa
species 38 - Globorotalia tumida
species 39 - Candeina nitida





*Reprinted from "Oceanic Micropaleontology", Volume 1, Allan W. H. Bé, An Ecological, Zoogeographic and Taxonomic Review of Recent Planktonic Foraminifera, pp. 1-100, Copyright 1977, with permission from Elsevier.


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