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The Komokiacea were formally described by Tendal and Hessler (1977). This is an important (but frequently overlooked) group of large (typically >1 mm) deep-sea, soft-bodied protists with a test that comprises a system of branching tubules. These abundant and diverse organisms are usually classified in the foraminiferan order Astrorhiziina, although it is not clear that they are actually related to the other members of this group of monothalamous agglutinated foraminifera. (Gooday et al. 2007)

Tendal and Hessler (1977) and then, several decades later, Gooday et al. (2007) reviewed aspects of the biology of this enigmatic group.

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