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View Resource On Water Bears

This journal article, written by Frank A. Romano III for the Florida Entomologist, discusses tardigrades, microscopic invertebrates that require water in their environment and are found in freshwater, marine and terrestrial habitats. The article describes the morphology and phylogeny of this "little known phylum" as well as illustrates ways one might collect water bears. In addition, the...

View Resource Tardigrade Species Distribution Project: Lesson Plan

This online lesson plan was designed for students taking part in the active research project to document the distribution of a new species of tardigrade, a microscopic invertebrate animal. The project is part of a nationwide online collaborative research project. The lesson plan offers instructional procedures for teachers and lists materials and procedures for collecting, observing, and...

View Resource Tardigrades as Environmental Indicators

This essay was written by Amber, a high school senior who won the Young Naturalist Award in 2001 for her research on tardigrades (also known as water bears) as environmental bioindicators. Amber discusses how she became interested in tardigrades and her project, including sampling techniques, results, and her trip to Greenland with 15 prestigious tardigradologists from around the world. The...

View Resource Tardigrada (Water Bears)

This reference page offers a brief description of Tardigrades, also known as water bears. It includes information about their physical appearance, an explanation of their name, likely habitats, internal organs and other distinguishing features, and a few images. A diagram of a common tardigrade, Macrobiotus macronyx, is also provided via an internal link.

View Resource Animal Science Image Gallery

The National Agricultural Library, along with the USDA and the American Society of Animal Science are collaborators on this website of animal science images. The images, animations, and videos, which also have accompanying text, are intended for classroom and educational outreach. Additionally, the site also encourages the public to submit their own images relevant to animal science, and it...

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