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Attachment to gastropod veliger shells - a possible mechanism of dispersal in benthic Foraminiferans
Cedhagen, T.; Middelfart, P. (1998). Attachment to gastropod veliger shells - a possible mechanism of dispersal in benthic Foraminiferans. Spec. Publ. Phuket Mar. Biol. Cent. 18(1): 117-122
In: Phuket Marine Biological Center Special Publication. Phuket Marine Biological Center: Phuket. ISSN 0858-3633, more
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  • Cedhagen, T.
  • Middelfart, P.

Abstract
    A benthic, calcareous Foraminiferan cf. Pararotalia venusta (Brady, 1884) was in 5cases found attached to the shell of the veliger larva of the muricid gastropod Thais javanica. Observations showed that such Foraminiferans are able to move onto andattach to the larval shell and that the swimming veliger larva is able to carry this load. Most other dispersal mechanisms described in Foraminiferans occur inshallow water or are of local importance. In contrast to them, this mechanism maybe important for long distance dispersal also over the sublittoral or in the deep-sea and even between separated deep-sea areas.

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