Coloured SEM of marine nematode worm, Draconema

Coloured SEM of marine nematode worm, Draconema

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Caption: Draconema nematode worm. Colour Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of the marine nematode worm Draconema sp. This tiny worm lives as meiofauna in wet beach sand. At upper left is its flattened head with tentacles and mouth; the body is ridged and has bristle-like setae used to anchor it and help in movement; the pointed tail is at centre. Nematodes are found in large numbers in almost all environments, some parasites in blood, to others living in freshwater. Draconema sp. is specialised to live in seawater between grains of sand. It is a member of the important meiofauna ecosystem that helps clean beach sand of bacteria and pollutants. Magnification: x430 at 6x6cm size. x650 at 4x4"

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Keywords: animal, beach fauna, draconema sp., invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, marine meiofauna, meio-fauna, meiofauna, nature, nematoda, nematode, roundworm, wildlife, zoology

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