Coloured SEM of claws on the leg of a tardigrade

Coloured SEM of claws on the leg of a tardigrade

Z203/0015 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 27.1MB

Downloadable file size: 2.0MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator

This image is part of the feature Aliens On The Beach


Caption: Claws on leg of a tardigrade. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of the curved claws on the leg of a marine tardigrade, Stygarctus sp. This tiny segmented animal lives as meiofauna in wet beach sand. Many curved claws are visible here on the end of one leg. The body of a tardigrade is cylindrical in shape with four pairs of stumpy legs, giving it the popular name of "water bear". The animal uses these claws to move through sand, and since it can't swim the claws tightly grip onto sand grains to anchor the animal. Stygarctus sp. is a member of the important meiofauna eco- system which helps clean beaches of bacteria and pollutants. Magnification: x8600 at 6x6cm size. x12,400 at 4x4"

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: animal, beach fauna, claw, claws, invertebrate, invertebrates, meio-fauna, meiofauna, nature, stygarctus sp, stygarctus sp., tardigrada, tardigrade, water bear, wildlife, zoology

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.