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Polarised light micrograph of a Gastrotrich. Commonly known as hairybacks, this is a tiny worm-like animal. It has two glands used to anchor and detach itself to a surface. One secretes an adhesive glue, the other secretes a dissolving substance to sever the connection. Magnification: x670 when printed 10 centimetres wide.
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