Enigmatic black tardigrades on Central Asian glaciers (Enigmatyczne czarne niesporczaki na lodowcach Azji Centralnej)
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Enigmatic black tardigrades on Central Asian glaciers (Enigmatyczne czarne niesporczaki na lodowcach Azji Centralnej)

Tardigrades also known as water bears are a group of microscopic metazoans of average size equal to 0.3 mm. Under a microscope they resemble a sausage or a microscopic bear with four pairs of legs. Tardigrades can be found at all latitudes. They inhabit deep seas, high mountains, remote deserts or soils and mosses opposite … Continue reading

Tardigrade species new to science found on a disappearing African glacier (Nowe gatunki niesporczaków na znikającym lodowcu w Afryce)
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Tardigrade species new to science found on a disappearing African glacier (Nowe gatunki niesporczaków na znikającym lodowcu w Afryce)

Glaciers can be found not only in polar regions, the Alps or the Himalayas but also in the equatorial zone. Unimaginable as it may seem, glaciers in the equatorial zone exist on high mountain tops (e.g. Kilimanjaro) and they constitute cold islands surrounded by warm environments. Unfortunately, recent ice mass changes and ice melting models … Continue reading

Old morphology in the new light – redescription of common Arctic tardigrade (Dawna morfologia w nowym świetle  – ponowny opis arktycznego niesporczaka)
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Old morphology in the new light – redescription of common Arctic tardigrade (Dawna morfologia w nowym świetle – ponowny opis arktycznego niesporczaka)

Knowledge about diversity of tardigrades suffer due to old species descriptions. Many species were described in the past without detailed figures and morphometric data, thus in the light of the modern taxonomy methods (DNA barcodes, modern microscopy) old descriptions are outdated.  Often it is impossible to compare new species with old descriptions. Team of polish … Continue reading