Foraminifera (are Alveolates???)

Ken Kinman kinman at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 3 09:29:09 CDT 2001

Dear All,
      The UCMP site shows the forams belonging to the alveolates.  I am
fairly certain this is based on erroneous information, but need to confirm
      I was told this was based on molecular evidence, but I'm pretty sure I
read somewhere that the rRNA evidence for this was not really that of a
foram, but instead an alveolate (sporozoan?) parasite of a foram.
      Can anyone verify my suspicions or cite the paper where this was
discussed.  I can't find it and need to verify this before I ask them to
change their phylogenetic tree.  The dinoflagellates, ciliates, and
apicomplexan sporozoans do form a large valid clade, but I don't think the
forams belong with them.
           -------- Thanks, Ken Kinman
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