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Global diversity of tardigrades (Tardigrada) in freshwater

Garey, James R.; McInnes, Sandra J.; Nichols, P. Brent. 2008 Global diversity of tardigrades (Tardigrada) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia, 595. 101-106. 10.1007/s10750-007-9123-0

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Abstract/Summary

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.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s10750-007-9123-0
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Global Science in the Antarctic Context (2005-2009) > Biodiversity, Functions, Limits and Adaptation from Molecules to Ecosystems
ISSN: 0018-8158
Additional Keywords: Tardigrada; biogeography; phylogeny; distribution; diversity
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 13 Jan 2011 13:52
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/11475

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