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Salinella salve Frenzel

Salinella salve.

Mesotardigrada

Thermozodium esakii.

Microcryptids are microscopic cryptids, invisible to the naked eye. They are typically microanimals which have been formally described, but are now contested due to the loss of their type specimens.

The most famous microcryptid is Salinella salve, which was reported in 1892 from the salt plains of Argentina, and is the sole representative of the contested phylum Monoblastozoa. It was discovered and cultivated by Johannes Frenzel, and has not been found again since. "They are characterised by their distinct anterior/posterior parts and being densely ciliated, especially around the "mouth" and "anus". They have only one layer of cells. They reproduce asexually by transverse fission of their bodies".

German zoologist Michael Schrödl led a search for Salinella in Argentina, but found that the area of salt plains where Frenzel discovered it has been destroyed and replaced by farmland.

In a similar case from Japan, Thermozodium esakii is a contested species and genus of water bear (phylum Tardigrada), which is the only member of the similarly-contested family Thermozodiidae, order Thermozodia, and class Mesotardigrada. The only known specimen was collected in Japan in 1937, from a site later destroyed by an earthquake, and the type specimen was also later lost. Consequently, some modern researchers have suggested that it never existed in the first place, and was merely a misidentified water bear of some known genus.

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