A part of the Baker University REU program. Tardigrade was found in eastern Kansas, seen here on a slide through a light microscope.
Paramacrobiotus areolatus.In a state of cryptobiosis
Imaged with an Olympus CK2 phase contrast microscope showing movements of the buccal elements.
Tardigrade from the Dry Valleys of Antarctica
Tardigrade Ova in and adult carapace
Eggs demonstrated in the organism
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This was on moss (Pleurozium schreberi) from a clump of lichens (Cladina) and moss in black spruce muskeg.
Found him on a wet pice of moss growing on a stump. This particular specimen was a lot more active than other tardigrades.
The first tardigrade I've ever managed to find! It was in moss in a house gutter, was pale brown with dark markings, opaque rather than transparent. Hard to make out too much detail with my 20x binocular microscope, but could clearly see its stumpy little legs, moving quite actively but not propelling it across the moss with any great speed. Couldn't see any cirri. They always look quite rigid in pictures, but its body was quite flexible.
Tardigrade, just emerged from its egg. Found on a fern
Tardigrade found in moss
Microscope: 20x Objective