May 26, 2024
  • A new marine tardigrade species discovered off the southeast coast of Tamil Nadu has been named Batillipes chandrayaani after the Chandrayaan-3 moon mission.
  • It is the third marine tardigrade species to have been scientifically described from the Indian waters and the second from the east coast.
  • It features a trapezoid-shaped head and four pairs of legs with sharp-tipped sensory spines.

WHAT ARE TARDIGRADES ?

  • They are microscopic, multicellular, and one of the most durable forms of life on planet Earth.
  • Tardigrades are found in terrestrial, marine, and freshwater environments from the Arctic to the Antarctic, including great depths and altitudes.
  • Also known as water bears or moss piglets, they are capable of surviving temperatures as high as 150° Celsius and as low as minus 272° Celsius albeit for a few minutes.
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