Please allow some comments. Historical colour
representations of water bears are really rare, in particular those
with a water bear in the visual center of gravity. The image dates back to
the year 1867. The original dimensions are 15,3 cm x 9,6 cm. The tardigrade
measures only about 3 cm in length.
Nevertheless its vivid character
has been represented very well by the artist. You see, as a rough guess,
only about 40% of the water bear species really deserve the scientific term
Tardigrada (i.e. "slow-walkers").
In fact many water bears species are much more lively than our own species Homo
telespectans (i.e. "human television looker").
The tardigrade shown on the picture might belong to the species Ramazzottius
oberhaeuseri, previosly called Hypsibius oberhaeuseri .
Perhaps I should remark for the female readers that the species has been named
in order to honour the famous italian tardigrade scientist Giuseppe Ramazzotti
and not the italian singer with a very similar name.
The picture bears the signature of the lithographic workshop "Atelier A. Schütze"
from Berlin. In spite of the minute representation an excellent print quality has
been achieved which reveals also minor water bear details like the claws,
the pigment distribution, the buccal apparatus and the eyes.
In case you should be not familiar with the other animals on the picture
you might have a look at the index of the internet microscopy magazine
Micscape. Just look out for the keyword
"pond". See you in April.