Science Art: Florarctus antillensis Van Der Land 1968, from “Tardigrades marins des Bermudes,” 1970

Scientific illustration of a tardigrade from Bermuda.

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A water bear from Bermuda, as published in 1970 (a good time to be in Bermuda). Florarctus antillensis was apparently first discovered in the coral sands of Curacao, also a rather nice place to be doing biological research. Tardigrades, famously, can survive just about anywhere, including in the vacuum of space. If you could live anywhere, I suppose Curacao and Bermuda would be pretty high on the list.

I found this fellow in the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s copy of the Bulletin du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle.