This is most likely the Xenophyophore Syringammina sp. Xenophyophores are single celled organisms. The single cell branches and splits into hundreds of tubes which ramify and interconnect into a complex network. The test builds up as it proliferates, secreting a slimy organic cement. These are the largest structures produced by a single cell.

Item Type:Image
Creator(s):Gates, A.
Identification:Gooday, A.
Date:04 February 2012
Classification:Kingdom Protozoa > Phylum Foraminifera > Class Xenophyophorea
Species:Syringammina sp.
Site:Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Zafarani
Depth (m):2601
Countries:East Africa > Tanzania
Substratum:Deep-sea mud
Rig:Ocean Rig Poseidon
Project Partners:Statoil, Oceaneering
ROV:Millenium 93 and 73
Keywords:Xenophyophore Tanzania Indian Ocean Zafarani
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:19 April 2012

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