Batillipes mirus   Richters,  1909 (Water Bear)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Tardigrada
Class: Heterotardigrada
Order:Arthrotardigrada
Family:Batillipedidae

Description
Size: Length 160 µm and width 50 µm.

Body minute, unsegmented, dorsoventrally flattened and nearly rectangular in shape. Head and trunk not clearly demarcated. The head appendages disposed on the anterior border consist of a median cirrus, internal buccal cirrus, external buccal cirrus, clava and lateral cirrus, the last one being the longest. Eyes absent. Cuticle is smooth and transparent. Four pairs of lateral legs are present, each with a slender dorsal spine at the base and 6 digits of different ending in spoon-shaped adhesive discs. Poster-lateral corners of the body bear a long seta characteristic of the genus. A median caudal spine present.

Highly thigmotactic and negatively phototactic in habits.


Synonym (s)
Batillipes mirus Richters, 1909

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Estuarine, Rocky, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 14/03/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, West Bay INDIA (Record: 28/03/1990)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Peemaiah Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Peemaiah Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, GC (1993) Littoral meiofauna of Little Andaman Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 155 ZSI, Calcutta 120 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Rao, GC (1991) Meiofauna State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 41-135 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1987) Meiofauna of the Marine National Park, South Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 3(2) 88-97 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1988) Meiofauna of the intertidal sediments on Great Nicobar Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 4 (2) 89-100 Available at - NIO, Goa

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