Side view of a tardigrade, showing 4 legs, eyespot, and braille labels.

What does a tardigrade look like?

Illustration of side view, front view, and underside of a tardigrade, a sweet potato-shaped creature with 8 legs, eyespot, and braille labels.

Title: Tardigrade (Water Bear)

Image Description: Illustration of a tardigrade from three angles, including the side view in the top half of the page and front facing and the underside views in the bottom half of the page. The side view shows a mouth and eyespot on the left end of the oblong body with four symmetric pairs of legs and claws along the entire length. The front view shows a symmetric pair of legs and claws on the lower end of the body with a circular face including two eye spots and a round mouth. The underside view shows the length of the body with the head at top and 8 legs and claws along the entire length.

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ZIP folder contains files for producing tactile graphics on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, portrait:

  • PRNs for ViewPlus Columbia / Delta, APH PixBlaster, IRIE BrailleTrac / BrailleSheet;
  • PDFs for Swell, Microcapsule or PIAF;
  • Reference PDFs with corresponding large print text (not for tactile production).

Printing Instructions and Supported Embossers

How to unzip/uncompress: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, MacOS.

Source: Researchers found a new species of water bear fossilized in a hunk of ancient amber, NPR. Tardigrade facts, National Geographic.

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