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Class: Eutardigrada - Order: Parachaela
Shallow pond in rural SW Pennsylvania
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" http://www.zone-vx.com/blog
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.
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 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/12855775.
looks beautiful. and i thought that tardigrada is class but acc. to ur pic it is eutardigrada.
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
Scott ... Indestructible is the correct word. Unless one meets with deliberate foul play you have to wonder if they *can* die.
Most indestructible animal ever, great find.
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.
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!
Spotted on Aug 25, 2012 Submitted on Oct 8, 2012
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