Image of <i>Dracomyxa pallida</i> Wylezich, Kaufmann, Marcuse & Huelsmann 2014
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Dracomyxa pallida Wylezich, Kaufmann, Marcuse & Huelsmann 2014

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Dracomyxa pallida is a species of forams in the family Reticulomyxidae. Dead Dracomyxa pallida form calcareous oozes.

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  • Definition: Calcareous ooze is a marine sediment composed primarily of the shells--also known as tests--of foraminifera, coccolithophores, and pteropods. This is the most common pelagic sediment by area, covering 48% of the world ocean's floor. This type of ooze is limited to depths above the Carbonate Compensation Depth at time of burial. It accumulates more rapidly than any other pelagic sediment type, with a rate that varies from 0.3 - 5 cm / 1000 yr.
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