The transparent creatures, called bdelloid rotifers
, live in fresh water but every one of the species is female.
A bdelloid rotifer
living as an inquiline in leaves of the pitcher plant, Sarracenia purpurea.
1995.A new species of bdelloid rotifer
from Sonora, Mexico.
Independently evolving species in asexual bdelloid rotifers
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Anhydrobiosis without trehalose in bdelloid rotifers
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ciliates and bdelloid rotifers
can after a few hours no longer be taken into account, while crustaceans and armoured rotifers may still be identified after several days--they are not sufficiently represented in the evaluation.
This group of tiny water creatures, called bdelloid rotifers
, is thriving in fresh water and soggy land worldwide despite, seemingly, no sex for at least 40 million years.
So while most animals are locked in evolutionary arms races with their foes, bdelloid rotifers
escape them altogether simply by being carried on the wind.
Washington, January 29 (ANI): A new research has discovered that the secret to the evolutionary longevity of very small invertebrates called bdelloid rotifers
is that they are microscopic escape artists that dry up and are promptly gone with the wind when faced with pathogens.