Some nematodes survive drought conditions by entering an ametabolic state known as anhydrobiosis.

“Some nematodes, or round worms, undergo a similar, though less profound, form of cryptobiosis. As demonstrated by Newcastle University researcher Prof. Conrad Ellenby during a series of classic experiments, they become wholly desiccated when confronted with unfavorable external conditions, yet they revive fully when moistened.” (Shuker 2001:113)

Last Updated August 18, 2016