gastrotrich

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My 30 day Phyla challenge ,part 3 

Gastrotrich- This nerdy little hairyback got the shit beaten out of by a certain arrow worm. Buddy only has a week to live in their natural lifespan, and blew it by deciding to tell a 4 cm tall worm that their faux-leather jacket “wasn’t cool”.

Rotifera- The Bdelloid Rotifers have gone for millions of years without males, and according to this particular lass it was the best step they ever took in their evolutionary history.

Gnathostomulid AND Micrognathozoa (cause i did both)- These two have been best pals since forever. They even performed each other’s much needed dental work cause even invertibrates need to have good smiles. I dont know how these two would of even met since they live in completely different environments. 

Entoprocta- This Goblet Worm aint like the other guys. While the other goblet worms wistfully conform to their colonial lifestyle like SHEEPLE, this one sees though society’s lies and want’s to take down “The Man”. NOT A NICE CHAP TO HANG OUT WITH, but you would be pretty cynical too if you were a sessile worm with an anus on your face.

Bryozoa- Every 10 years, Ol’ Granny Flustra foliacea awakens from her long slumber, and emerges from the hellish abyss to give the children of the world her gifts of the sea. Most of the youngin’s these days dont appreciate Granny F. foliacea, they would rather have some lousy chordates like Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny to give them presents cause they are a bunch of ungrateful brats.

Lepidodermella squamata

…is a freshwater species of Gastrotrich (A minor phylum of microscopic marine  and freshwater worm like invertebrates, commonly known as “hairybacks”) which occurs in North America, South America, Japan, and much of Europe. L. squamata is typically found along the surface of water plants in lakes, ponds, streams, and marshes. L. squamata will feed on a range of detritus, bacteria, and algae, gliding across the substrate via the cilia on its ventral surface. 

Classification

Animalia-Gastrotricha-Chaetonotida-Chaetonotidae-Lepidodermella-L. squamata

Image: Guiseppe Vago