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Water Bear

Class: Eutardigrada - Order: Parachaela


Shallow pond in rural SW Pennsylvania

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Elton_Wizard 8 years ago

The only ones I've seen so far have just been lucky finds. I recently picked up some moss and lichen, though, and should have better luck. If I have any success I'll post it to my blog "Nature Notes"

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Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

How did I miss this one. A truly fabulous shot EW. Great spotting. We've been searching for some for years now on and off with little luck... over 900 species exist and some are almost visible to a naked eye (0.12mm). Thanks for putting this one up.

Elton_Wizard 9 years ago

Agnes ... Now *that's* a beautiful image. Made with a color scanning electron microscope that probably costs deep into 6-digits. (sigh) But still beautiful !!!

Amir ... Phylum is Tardigrada - Class is Eutardigrada

I remember the water bear from a fb posting and thought it was really cool.. the picture in this link was posted in fb -

AmirSohail 9 years ago

looks beautiful. and i thought that tardigrada is class but acc. to ur pic it is eutardigrada.

Elton_Wizard 9 years ago

Victoria ... Yeh, they are amazing little things and fun to watch through a microscope as they amble about. As small as they are, they actually walk on their stubby legs much like a bear; which is how they got their name.

AMAZING find! I saw these on TV :D

Elton_Wizard 9 years ago

Scott ... Indestructible is the correct word. Unless one meets with deliberate foul play you have to wonder if they *can* die.

ScottHarte 9 years ago

Most indestructible animal ever, great find.

Elton_Wizard 9 years ago

Karen ... This fella was wild and wooly. I found him in a local pond that comes and goes several times a year. I have heard it said that they are the only invertebrates that have ever been called cute.

MrsPbio 9 years ago

Did you find these "wild", or did you order them (as I do..)? I love water bears. They are strangely cute, with their teeeny tiny toenails!

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Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Aug 25, 2012
Submitted on Oct 8, 2012

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