June 2009 Shalom!
We are a group of students from Israel who study marine biology in Ruppin academic center in the city of Michmoret. As part of our oceanographic cruise in which we examine the properties of the water column we are trying to identify a phytoplankton species that did not appear on our records of the levantine basin (mediterranean sea) in the last few years of exploring. We suspect it to be a species within the genus Phaeocystis but briefly reading in the releavant literature shows it is not exactly what we suspect and perhaps a different species, looks like it belongs to the phylum Radiolaria. Our sample is not a single cell but more like a colony, perhaps a multiple celled gelatinous aggregation. As part of our search after an answer we came across your website: www.radiolaria.org and were pondering maybe it would be possible to get some help with our problem.
We attached a few photos we took, some of the photos were taken by a light microscope attached camera and another one (photo E) was taken by Epifluorescense microscope so the Chlorophyll would be more visible to the naked eye.
Much appericiation for your time and help,
Shani and Elad,
Marine Sciences & Ocean Environment
Ruppin Academic Center
Dear Shani and Elad,
these Mystery-rads are in my opinion very similar to Sphaerozoum geminatum. See Haeckel 1887 (pl. 4, fig. 4) http://caliban.mpiz-koeln.mpg.de/~stueber/haeckel/challenger/Spumellaria/100dpi/p004.jpg
The smaller yellow-brown "dots" seen in image A-C are probably symbionts with chlorophyll (seen in image E).