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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Tardigrada
Class: Mesotardigrada

The class Mesotardigrada has only one species, Thermozodium esakii. The animal has six claws of equal lenght at each foot. This species had been recorded in 1937 by Rahm from a hot spring near nagasaki in japan. Unfortunately, the locus typicus has been destroyed by an earthquake. The type material is lost also.

Reference http://www.itis.usda.gov
TSN: 155358

external links: Tardigrade phylogenetics (http://chuma.cas.usf.edu/~pbnichol/intro)

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