Found grazing on a rock moss.
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Pre research tardigrada from Hypogymnia sp. growing on P. menziesii substrate
Found on Cladonia spp. Growing on P. menziesii bark substrate.
-Collected at north-west edge of parking lot "B" on The Evergreen State College campus.
Tardigrades (commonly known as waterbears or moss piglets) form the phylum Tardigrada, part of the superphylum Ecdysozoa. They are small, water-dwelling, segmented animals with eight legs. Tardigrades were first described by Johann August Ephraim Goeze in 1773 (kleiner Wasserbär = little water bear). The name Tardigrada means "slow walker" and was given by Lazzaro Spallanzani in 1777. The name water bear comes from the way they walk, reminiscent of a bear's gait. The biggest adults may...