(or should it be radiolaria?) are minute organisms that produce intricate
mineral skeletons, typically with a central capsule dividing the thing into
inner and outer portions, called endoplasm and ectoplasm (see photo
below). They are found as zooplankton
throughout the ocean, and their skeletal remains cover large portions of the
ocean bottom as radiolarian ooze.
you are glad we have told you that.
radiolarian is rather challenged when it comes to size, being about 400 mm in
diameter (as opposed to the 0.1- 0.2 mm of the real thing). However it has been
rolling around our office for ages and no one has come up with a better
explanation of what it is.
proudly present it to you as yet another choice item of Cybergrot which is
probably completely useless but which may make someone who has devoted his/her
life to the study of amoeboid protozoa very happy.
So buy it –
quick – before someone else does.