Articles | Volume 18, issue 16
Biogeosciences, 18, 4733–4753, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-4733-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 4733–4753, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-4733-2021
Research article
20 Aug 2021
Research article | 20 Aug 2021

Host-influenced geochemical signature in the parasitic foraminifera Hyrrokkin sarcophaga

Nicolai Schleinkofer et al.

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We have measured the chemical composition of the carbonate shells of the parasitic foraminifera Hyrrokkin sarcophaga in order to test if it is influenced by the host organism (bivalve or coral). We find that both the chemical and isotopic composition is influenced by the host organism. For example strontium is enriched in foraminifera that grew on corals, whose skeleton is built from aragonite, which is naturally enriched in strontium compared to the bivalves' calcite shell.
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