Tardigrades are bilaterally symmetrical, usually “plump” and roughly cylindrical. Superficial form appears to be organized into five segments: a short head and a trunk of four segments, though the trunk may actually have 4 to 5 segments and the head 3 segments. Stubby legs are borne on each trunk segment, each having 4 to 8 retractile claws at the ends. The epidermis secretes a complex cuticle, which in some species is elaborated with structures like spines, granules, and pores. The cuticle is molted periodically. Tardigrades can be translucent or opaque, and the cuticle or gut may be colored brown, green, orange, pink, red, or yellow (Nelson, 2002; Ruppert et al., 2004)
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