Getting DNA from foraminifers is a difficult task, but it can greatly help the identification of species and the phylogeny of the group (e.g. Pawlowski, 2000; Schweizer et al., 2008; Pawlowski & Holzmann, 2014) which are still mainly based on test morphology. Therefore, it is crucial to document the test morphology of the sampled specimens and extract DNA from them separately from each other (Pawlowski & Holzmann, 2014). To increase the chances of recovering DNA from a single individual, it is best to pick live foraminifers. However, a major question is how long DNA...

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