LM of the gastrotrich Chaetonotus simrothi

LM of the gastrotrich Chaetonotus simrothi

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Caption: Light micrograph of the gastrotrichan Chaetonotus simrothi. Gastrotrichans are minute, unsegmented, fresh-water & marine worms which swim by means of a ciliated epidermis. They are hermaphrodite and appear to be related to the rotifers and roundworms. They are elongated, flattened & rarely exceed 1mm in length. The body surface is covered with an external layer (cuticula) which can form plates, bristles or spines. Most gastrotrichans possess adhesive glands which secrete a sticky fluid used to attach the organism to the substrate. Gastrotrichs feed on algae, bacteria & protozoans. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, chaetonotus simrothi, gastrotricha, invertebrate, invertebrates, light micrograph, nature, wildlife, zoology

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