comprise three groups of amoeboids
protists which form intricate mineral skeletons. They feed and move by means of axopods, and have a frothy ectoplasm often including symbiotic zooxanthellae
, which is separated by a central capsule. Among the Polycystinea[?]
, the skeleton is made of silica and sometimes organic materials, but among the less common Acantharea
it is made of strontium sulfate.
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