Tardigrade Confirmation Help

Hi all,
Slightly odd request but wasn’t sure where else to ask. I’ve been trying to find a tardigrade with my openflexure pi cam version microscope. I think I’ve found one but I’m not sure. I would appreciate your thoughts.

It could be, it is hard to tell from that angle. Keep looking - it is really cool when you find one :slight_smile:

was it moving? If it wasn’t then it may be a dead one or a cuticle

Yes, it’s a tardigrade. Not a shed cuticle, but like @pristinscope said, if it wasn’t moving then it’s probably not alive. They sometimes leave eggs in their cuticles.

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This is actually an egg. Thy lay eggs when they shed inside the old cuticle as you say.