Chaetonotus (keet-a-note-us) a gastrotrich. Perhaps after tardigrades, these are the most inherently cute metazoa likely to be encountered by microscopists. Move by gliding and wriggling over and through the substrate. With an anterior mouth leading to a through gut. Posteriorly with two podites (a bit like rotifers to which they are related, with which they can attach to the substrate. Eat protists, small metazoa and detritus. Phase contrast. This picture was taken by Linda Amaral Zettler, and David Patterson of material from the freshwater Lamont Pond (New York State, USA). Image copyright: L Amaral-Zettler and D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Lamont Pond, freshwater, New York
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