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Family Callidulidae: An unusual family of moths known as "Old World Butterfly-moths. Callidulids are a family of butterfly like moths which are distributed throughout southeast Asia and Oceania. Callidulids can exhibit both day and night flying behavior and typically hold their wings over thier backs like butterflies. Thier closest relatives are know truly known but they are thought to be close to hook-tip and geometer moths.

Image: L. Shyamal

 

Hypsibius dujarini

…is a species of water bear or moss piglet found worldwide. Like other water bears H.dujarini can be found in both mossy and freshwater habitats where it feeds on algae, moss and other plant materials. It is an extremophile like other tardigrades and can survive extreme temperatures, pressures and radiation. It does this by going into a state where its metabolism is almost completely shut down, causing the animal to become ‘freeze dried’ until the environment is ideal for it to emerge from its state. H.dujarini’s genome is in the process of being sequenced and it is one of the most studied tardigrade species.

Phylogeny

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