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Water bear Tardigrade 

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medical illustration of Water bears (or tardigrades, here Echiniscus granulatus) are tiny invertebrates that live in aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats such as lichen and damp moss. In dry conditions, they can enter a cryptobiotic state of dessication, known as a tun, to survive. In this state, water bears can survive for up to a decade. 
electron microscope, magnification 700x
Next medical illustration of Water bear (Macrobiotus sapiens) egg. This egg was found in moss samples from Croatia. Water bears are found throughout the world,  including regions of extreme temperature, such as hot springs, and extreme pressure, such as deep underwater. They can also survive high levels of radiation and the vacuum of space. 
electron microscope, magnification 1000x

Egg of a Water Bear

Water bears (or tardigrades, here Echiniscus granulatus) are tiny invertebrates that live in aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats such as lichen and damp moss. In dry conditions, they can enter a cryptobiotic state of dessication, known as a tun, to survive. In this state, water bears can survive for up to a decade. electron microscope, magnification 700x

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