Foraminifera are great, but they are not equally great. While some are miraculous examples of the myriad diversity of life, others are, I’m sorry to say, ugly. It is therefore important to rank them correctly. The Best Foram Tournament is a low-brow, gauche popularity contest where anyone (even geochemists) can vote, but this ranking is based purely on the intrinsic value of each genus of planktic foraminifera. It is objectively correct and – this cannot be stressed enough – inarguable. Genera are ranked primarily on aesthetics (of both morphology and name), biostratigraphic and paleoecological usefulness, and overall ~ vibe ~. Click on the genus name to see its Mikrotax page.
*Pseudoticinella not included. It’s listed on mikrotax but contains no species.