Protists at the Hawaii-2 Observatory

Observed in video surveys (ROV Jason in 1998 and 1999 and ROV JasonII in 2003 and 2004) and/or camera sled/otter trawl transects (in 2003)

 

These classifications are best guesses and subject to change.  Classification was checked first with Tree of Life and then with European Register of Marine Species in June 2006.
Click on the filename prefix for additional photos of that specific type of organism.

 
Phylum
Class, Order
Family
Genus, species
(* verified by collection)
Common Name
Filename Prefix
Type Photo
Benthic or Pelagic?
Granuloreticulosa?
Foraminifera?

Tentatively resembles Bathysiphon, but could be a tube-dwelling worm
Agglutinated foram?
pro_for_1
foram?
Benthic
Xenophyophora Psamminida
Psamminidae
Reticulammina
Xenophyophore
pro_xen_1
xeno Benthic
Xenophyophora Psamminida Psamminidae Plate-like psamminid xenophyophore Xenophyophore pro_xen_2
xeno
Benthic
Xenophyophora?

Tentatively resembles Psammetta, but spoke trace could be created by other organism
Xenophyophore spoke trace?
spoke_trace_2
spoke_trace
Benthic

Total number of types of megafauna-sized protists tentatively identified: 4, all benthic.


*** I would like to thank A. Gooday and A. Rathburn for helping identify the protists. ***


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