Abstract

Investigations by scanning electron microscopy have revealed that ingestion of Rosalina floridana (Cushman) and Quinqueloculina seminulum (Linné) (Foraminiferida) by the common periwinkle Littorina littorea Linné results in severe etching of the surface veneer in the rotalids studied, and removal of the surface veneer and partial dissolution of the underlying tabular layer of calcite in the miliolids examined. The acidic nature of the digestive juices is suggested as the agent responsible for this phenomenon. Observations of test wall construction is compared to current models of calcite secretion.

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