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  Order Parachela

Family Macrobiotidae

    Genus Macrobiotus -- midwestern North America.
    Genus Adorybiotus -- North America.
    Genus Minibiotus -- North America.
    Genus Pseudodiphascon -- North America.
    Genus Biserovus
    Genus Calcarobiotus
    Genus Famelobiotus
    Genus Insuetifurca
    Genus Minilentus
    Genus Paramacrobiotus
    Genus Pseudohexapodibius
    Genus Richtersius
    Genus Schusterius
    Genus Tenuibiotus
    Genus Xerobiotus

Taxon Information

The Family Macrobiotidae has been reported (or is assumed) to occur in fresh waters. This taxon has been reported from midwestern states of North America.

(These statements were generated automatically from the WInvertebrates database.)

Literature Records

  • Macrobiotidae, [Palearctic, Nearctic, Afrotropical, Neotropical, Oriental, Australasian, Pacific, Antarctic; 226 species in 11 genera worldwide, 35 Nearctic species in 5 genera] (Garey et al., 2008).
  • Macrobiotidae, (Smith, 2001).


  • Garey, J.R., S.J. McInnes & P.B. Nichols. 2008. Global diversity of tardigrades (Tardigrada) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595: 101-106. [Available online]
  • Smith, D.G. 2001. Tardigrada (Water bears). Pennak's Freshwater Invertebrates of the United States, 4th edition: 227-243.

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