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Diatom Shop offers several types of microscope slides in which Foraminifera are mounted in Canada balsam or dry.

Dry mounts are indicated for reflected light, while microscope slides mounted in Canada balsam can be observed both in transmitted and reflected light (using a stereomicroscope or a light microscope).

Foraminifera are members of a phylum of amoeboid protists characterized by streaming granular ectoplasm that is used for catching food. They typically produce a test, or shell, which can have either one or multiple chambers, some becoming elaborate and amazing in structure.  The majority of Foraminifera live on or within the seafloor sediment.

The list below represents deposits and localities of Foraminifera that are currently stocked in large amounts (the many smaller samples are not included):

Helgoland, North sea (benthic foraminifera)
North Sea 53°35’N, 8°21’W (recent foraminifera)

Santa Pola, Alicante, Spain (recent foraminifera)

North Indian Ocean (recent foraminifera)
Réunion island, Plage de Boucan Canot (recent foraminifera)
Bathala, Maldives (recent foraminifera)
Crete island (recent foraminifera)
Dogs Bay, Ireland 53,22N, 9.58W (recent foraminifera)
Matzaccara, Carbonia-Iglesias, Italy (recent foraminifera)
Swanage, England (recent foraminifera)
Al-Qusayr, Red Sea, Egypt (recent foraminifera)
Rab island, Croatia (recent foraminifera)
Gulf of Poets, SP, Italy (recent foraminifera)

Okinawa, Japan;

Pieve di Cusignano (PR), Italy, sample 1 (Pliocene clays)
Pieve di Cusignano (PR), Italy, sample 2 (Pliocene clays)
Località Val Marecchia (RN), Italy (Pliocene)
Asti, Italy (fossil marn);
Lägerdorf (Cretaceous chalkpits)
San Nicomede (PR), Italy (Calabrian stage)
Murcia, Spain (Zanclean stage)

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