waterbears, moss pigletsor tardigrades

waterbears, moss piglets or tardigrades

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waterbears or tardigrades

This little animal is about a millimeter in length.
And it really looks like a bear with eight legs
It is dark colored and it slowly moves through
the water. It belongs to arthropods.

moss piglets

Some waterbears live in wet moss , and are called
moss piglets. These animals are famous for there
Z ability to survive fully drying out and again
restart their live again. When dryng out they
first form a small round ball. If the wate loss
continues they stop moving and stop breathing (cryptobiosis).
In this way , they can survive for more then a hundred
years and are called "tun".

Tne waterbears anatomy (of the Macrobiotus Hufelandi).