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Where and how to look for tardigrades?

 
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bioluminescence



Joined: 15 Aug 2006
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Location: Northern Europe

PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:45 am    Post subject: Where and how to look for tardigrades? Reply with quote

Good day to you!

I had a hard time figuring out which forum would this post belong in the best, and this seemed to be the most suitable place for my question.

I've been wanting to see a tardigrade with my own eyes for quite some time now. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what would be the best place to look for them? From what I've gathered they have been located in a wide spectrum of different places - from amphigastria of various mosses to lichens and floating algae in the ocean. I know they are an extreme case of, well, extremophiles Smile, and can be found pretty much everywhere, but what kind of habitat would be my best bet? I'll be grateful for any tips, tricks and experiences dealing with these fascinating animals.


Thank you in advance,
J.
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Planapo



Joined: 07 Nov 2006
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Location: Germany, in the United States of Europe

PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Tardigrada shouldn´t be to hard to find:

Just collect a few samples of dry moss layer from walls, from roof tiles or out of a building´s eaves gutter. Take it to your room, put it into a petri dish and pour water of room temperature over it. Let it rest for about an hour at room temperature, then examine at around 50-fold magnification. Enjoy!

This recipe has always worked fine around my place. And we are almost neighbours, aren´t we? Well, at least on the global basis of this nice community here Wink. Where are you from? Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland?

Good luck hunting for the cute "Bärtierchen", that´s what they are called in German.
Betty

[edit: I think this thread should be moved to the "Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions", it doesn´t really fit in here]
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