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Rotifer - Philodina rosea by Scutigera Rotifer - Philodina rosea by Scutigera
A pencil sketch of a bdelloid rotifer (species Philodina rosea) which I drew for my Spring 2010 drawing class. The weekly outside assignment was a great excuse for me to pick and choose animals I'd always wanted an excuse to draw, and rotifers are at the top of my list. Rotifers are fascinating, somewhat cute, funny to watch, and utterly unique, and they occupy their own phylum in the animal kingdom, yet virtually no one outside of certain biological sub-disciplines knows they exist. I find rotifers' obscurity lamentable, so as a tribute to their awesomeness, I drew one to the best of my ability.

I used multiple source images (both illustrations and photos) to get a grasp on the specifics of rotifer anatomy, but the sketch is primarily based on one excellent rotifer-under-the-microscope photograph where even the eyespots are clearly visible. That photograph, and many more of the best rotifer images on the web, can be found here.
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SineSquared Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
The rotifers must certainly appreciate this tribute!
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
DNA sequencing suggests that the thorny-headed worms are deviant, abnormally huge parasitic rotifers :o
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Scutigera Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thorny-headed worms? I've never heard of those before. I'll have to look them up... At any rate, the possibility of (relatively) huge rotifers is an exciting one.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
They're one of the most abundant groups of parasitic worm but were formerly thought to be related to annelids, I think...
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Erleuchtete Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a really cool drawing
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TheElle Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Rotifer! That's so fun to say.
Don't know too much about them myself, but they seem like nifty little fellows.
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