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Batillipes chandrayaani

Source: Th

Context: A new marine tardigrade species discovered off the southeast coast of Tamil Nadu has been named Batillipes chandrayaani after the Chandrayaan-3 moon mission.

It is the third marine tardigrade species scientifically described from Indian waters. It features a trapezoid-shaped head and four pairs of legs with sharp-tipped sensory spines.

What are Tardigrades (also known as “water bears”)?

They are near-microscopic aquatic animals with plump, segmented bodies and flattened heads. They are renowned for their resilience and are among the hardest animals (surviving mass extinctions and environmental extremes), with marine tardigrades comprising 17% of all known tardigrade species.