Bdelloid rotifers (“leech-like wheel bearers") are swimming or creeping unsegmented metazoans. Animals range in size from 100 to 2000 µm, with almost 400 taxonomic species comprising a class within phylum Rotifera.
Bdelloid rotifers have several features that account for the ecological and evolutionary success of the group and make them outstandingly interesting model organisms:
Despite much observation of field and laboratory populations since bdelloid rotifers were described by Leeuwenhoek more than 300 years ago, neither meiosis, males, hermaphrodites, nor vestigial/rudimentary male structures have ever been demonstrated.
Trace the evolution of the bdelloid rotifer back 80 million years, learn about the form and structure of the species and discover its lineage.
Read about the area where the bdelloid rotifer was first discovered and find out why it is used as a model organism in a range of experimental studies.
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