Global diversity of tardigrades (Tardigrada) in freshwater

Tardigrada is a phylum closely allied with the arthropods. They are usually less than 0.5 mm in length, have four pairs of lobe-like legs and are either carnivorous or feed on plant material. Most of the 900+ described tardigrade species are limnoterrestrial and live in the thin film of water on the surface of moss, lichens, algae, and other plants and depend on water to remain active and complete their life cycle. In this review of 910 tardigrade species, only 62 species representing13 genera are truly aquatic and not found in limnoterrestrial habitats although many other genera contain limnoterrestrial species occasionally found in freshwater.

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Publication status:
Published
Author(s):
Authors: Garey, James R., McInnes, Sandra J., Nichols, P. Brent

On this site: Sandra McInnes
Date:
1 January, 2008
Journal/Source:
Hydrobiologia / 595
Page(s):
101-106
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-007-9123-0