APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Elphidium aculeatum (d'Orbigny, 1846) - An elphidiid foram (Foraminifera images)
Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- specimen from Carrick Roads, Falmouth, Cornwall, image by Cai-Uso Wohler 1

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- specimen from Carrick Roads, Falmouth, Cornwall, image by Cai-Uso Wohler 2

Elphidium aculeatum here displayed was in sand collected by Adrian Brokenshire at an unknown location at Carrick Roads, Falmouth, Cornwall, collection date unknown. The identification is based upon "Milker, Yvonne and Schmiedl, Gerhard, 2012: A taxonomic guide to modern benthic shelf foraminifera of the western Mediterranean Sea. Palaeontologia Electronica Vol. 15, Issue 2 16A
134 p. Plate 27, Fig. 5,6", the specimen has not been verified.

The images above are examples of the superb supermacro photography of Cai-Uso Wohler. Pleae visit SANDPHOTO.DE to see more of Cai-Uso's work. All photographs here are the copyright of Cai-Uso Wohler of SANDPHOTO.DE @ http://www.cuwohler.de/

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- dark background 1

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- dark background / spines 1

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- white background 1

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- with 0.1mm division rule 1

Specimen above is approx 0.6mm in diameter and was found with other forams in the sediment left over from sampling marine fouling on a pontoon at Newlyn Marina, Newlyn, Cornwall. 25.07.15.

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- group of specimens 1

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- pair of specimens 1

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- specimen 1

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- group of specimens 2

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- group of specimens 3

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- with 0.1mm division rule 1

Elphidiid foram
Elphidium aculeatum
- microscope image 1

Specimens above discovered by Dr. Paul Gainey in the bottom of a container used to sample seaweed. Seaweed collected near Trefusis Point, Flushing, near Falmouth, Cornwall. 22.03.15. Specimens photographed on the 28.04.15 by author.

Species separated from Elphidium macellum by the presence of spiny processes.

Identified by Michael Hesemann of the Foraminifera.eu Project

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Elphidium aculeatum elphidiidae elphidiid foram Foraminifera Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.