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Micro-animals are animals so small that they can only be visually observed under a microscope. Unlike most other microorganisms, which are unicellular, micro-animals are multicellular, like all other animals.
Notable phyla include:
- Microscopic arthropods, including dust mites, spider mites, and some crustaceans such as copepods and certain cladocera.
- Tardigrades ("water bears")
- Rotifers, which are filter feeders that are usually found in fresh water.
- Some nematode species
- Many loricifera, including the recently discovered anaerobic species, which spend their entire lives in an anoxic environment.
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