- Star*sand as a collection
- Searching within star*sand
- Using star*sand to search other online resources
- Coming soon: Specialized searches within star*sand
At the most basic level, star*sand is a free-standing database of information about forams. At the present time, most of the information exists as images with descriptive captions. As the database infrastructure develops, other information about the species will be included: GPS coordinates of collection sites, geologic period, known environmental preferences, available PCR primers that target that species, etc. If you have suggestions for useful pieces of information to include, please write.
New information is being added to star*sand on a weekly basis. If you are willing to contribute images or data (published or not), please contact the Curator.
Browse foram species: Begin at the front page of the collection. Images are listed alphabetically by species name; to access a record, click on the thumbnail image. (There may be several images associated with a single species.)
by taxonomy: Begin at the top-level hierarchy for the Granuloreticulosea.
Explore the taxonomy to find individual species. The taxonomy is currently
based on Loeblich and Tappan's Foraminiferal Genera and their Classification,
with some updates as required.
As you move through the taxonomy, you will see a sample of the images and other information available for members of the current taxon.
Star*sand and the micro*scope platform include search tools for other databases, such as PubMed and NCBI.
Using any method described above, navigate to the taxon of interest: one of the foraminiferal Orders or Families, a specific genus or species, or the entire Granuloreticulosea. The LinkOuts box on the right offers more than 20 different database searches for that taxon. Just click on the link for a database, and a new window will appear with the results of that search. It's a very fast and convenient way to gather information.
Other Foram Resources
We are in the process of adding specialized LinkOuts to other online foram resources. We are working with the database managers of these sites to enable searches from within star*sand, to allow visitors to access a wide sampling of foraminiferal information from one convenient interface.
The resources under development are listed below. To search them, click on the illustrated icon after you have completed your initial search from within star*sand/micro*scope. Due to differences in the structure of these databases, the search methods are still being fine-tuned; notes on the current status of each tool are included.
If you maintain a Webpage or online database of foram information, and would like a LinkOut tool created for you within star*sand, please contact the curator.
Current foraminiferal LinkOuts:
These tools are still under development, but the data can be accessed through the sites' homepages:
Additional tools are being developed for star*sand. Current plans include:
- Geofinder service: Identify forams isolated from a particular location (or a given longitude or latitude range).
- "Build-Your-Own" Field Guide tool: Construct a custom field guide (with pictures and descriptions) for your specific locality.
- star*strata: geologic reference tool. Search on a particular geologic period or specific formation for fossil taxa.