We Thought These Microscopic Invertebrates Never Had Sex. Maybe We Were Wrong.

Chances are, you’ve never heard of bdelloid rotifers, strange microscopic creatures that typically live in freshwater ponds and streams. In the grand scheme of things, they’re related to arthropods, a group which includes insects, spiders, and crustaceans. But honestly, they’re in a unique class all their own. And… »9/02/15 2:11pm9/02/15 2:11pm


Mouse-eared rotifer poses for photomicrography prize

Floscularia ringens is king of its castle. Brick by brick, this microscopic rotifer - or "wheel animal" - builds the tube it inhabits. To make its home, the rotifer gathers organic debris from the water it lives in through a socket in its head. This detritus is formed into round, reddish pellets inside its body. Here… »11/20/11 1:35pm11/20/11 1:35pm