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Caption: Tardigrade. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Macrobiotus richtersii, a tardigrade or water bear. This tiny animal has four pairs of stumpy legs, each one ending in a claw (such as at lower right) which aids movement. Tardigrades live in coastal waters, ditches, lakes and clumps of moss. They generally feed on vegetation. In a drought they can enter a state of suspended animation. They can survive for years in this form, swelling up and returning to life when the drought ends. Magnification: x280 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, invertebrate, invertebrates, macrobiotus richtersii, macrobiotus sp., nature, tardigrada, tardigrade, water bear, wildlife, zoology

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