DEC 18, 2018 11:06 PM PST

What are Bdelloids?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Present in freshwater habitats, Bdelloids fall under the class of the phylum Rotifera. They are tiny microscopic organisms and often challenging to identify by the naked eye. Often called “ancient asexuals”, the main characteristics that make bdelloids unique from other from related groups are the fact that they have parthenogenetic reproduction with the ability to withstand dry, harsh environments through a process known as anhydrobiosis--a state of desiccation-induced dormancy. The hold unique behaviors placed into four categories: feeding, locomotion, reproduction as well as stress-induced behaviors.

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About the Author
  • Nouran enjoys writing on various topics including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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