Colour SEM of open-mouthed Enoplid nematode worm

Colour SEM of open-mouthed Enoplid nematode worm

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This image is part of the feature Aliens On The Beach

Credit: DAVID SCHARF/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Enoplid nematode worm. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of a marine Enoplid nematode with its mouth wide-open. This tiny worm lives as meiofauna in wet beach sand. Its mouth is fringed with tentacles, and has a wide gape. The elongated body has circular ridges and bristle-like setae used to assist in movement. Nematodes are found in large numbers in almost all environments, some parasitic in blood, to others living in fresh- water. This Enoplid is specialised to live in seawater between grains of sand. It is a member of the important meiofauna ecosystem that helps to clean beach sand of bacteria and pollutants. Magnification: x500 at 5x7cm size. x825 at 4x5"

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Keywords: animal, beach fauna, enoplid, enoplid nematode, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, marine meiofauna, meio-fauna, meiofauna, mouth, nature, nematoda, nematode, roundworm, wildlife, zoology

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