A benthic, calcareous foraminiferan c£ Pararotalia venusta (Brady, 1884) was in five cases found attached to the shell of the veliger larva of the muricid gastropod Thais javanica (Philippi, 1846). Observations showed that such foraminiferans are able to move onto and attach to the larval shell and that the swimming veliger larva is able to carry this load. Most other dispersal mechanisms described in foraminiferans occur in shallow water or are of local importance. In contrast to them, this mechanism may be important for long- distance dispersal also over the sublittoral or in the deep-sea and even between separated deep-sea areas.
Phuket Marine Biological Center. Special Publications, 1998, Vol 18, Issue 1, p. 117-121