As far as tardigrade taxonomy is concerned we are able to refer to many, many publications. But only seldom we come across articles that discuss the daily life of the tardigrades: social behaviour, food intake and sexuality.
Female adult tardigrade, tardigrade baby. There are virtually no informations about possible interactions of adult tardigrades and baby tardigrades. Possibly the mother does only control the safety ot the egg deposits and tends to forget them afterwards.
There are very few references to tardigrade sexuality in the
scientific literature. Well, you will never be able to see mating
in formalin ...
Please find below a few buttons to quotations about the existence of male
and female tardigrades and about their interaction.
Disclaimer: the quotations have been taken out of their context. So, if you should prepare a seminar work or some kind of scientific lecture it is highly recommended to go back to the original literature. Keep our libraries alive!
Are they hermaphrodites?
What is the numerical relation between males and females?
It took 150 years in order to find those Echiniscus males ...
Only males do have it ...
The difference between females and males ...
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