n. pl.1.(Zool.) A division of Foraminifera including those having a manychambered shell.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Called giant shipworms (Kuphus polythalamia), the existence of these mollusks have been known to the scientific community since the 18th century.
An international team of scientists is studying live specimens of a giant, black, mud dwelling worm-like animal - a Kuphus polythalamia - that feeds on sulfur and lives in a shell that looks like a baseball bat.
The most recent taxonomic study from these localities was done by Perejon and Moreno-Eiris (2003), who reported the presence of Archaeocyathus laqueus (Vologdin, 1932), Pycnoidocyathus erbiensis (Zhuravleva, 1955), Polythalamia sp.
The archaeocyathan biodiversity in the Esla nappe is higher because the floatstone lithofacies surrounding the mounds records the presence of Polythalamia sp., and Okulitchicyathus valdorensis Perejon and Moreno-Eiris, 2003 (Debrenne and Zamarreno, 1970; Perejon and Moreno-Eiris, 2003).