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Even though Bailey beat me to the 17-syllabled punch, here's my haiku about one of my favorite things.

Size belied by name
Seen ev'rywhere but unseen
A slow moving beast

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  • $\begingroup$ It seems haiku don't make the best riddles since 17 syllables allow for a lot of interpretation (or I'm just bad at them). That said, I did cheat a clue into the title. $\endgroup$ – NeedAName Sep 4 '15 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ As far as I can tell, our seventeen syllables are wildly different, so I wouldn't worry too much about mine coming out first. :) $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 4 '15 at 15:45
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Is it a:

Tardigrade

Size belied by name

A pretty long name for a micro-animal. It's other names are quite long as well - waterbear or moss piglet

Seen ev'rywhere but unseen

Tardigrades can literally be found anywhere (even in space!). But they are too small to be seen.

A slow moving beast

Tardigrade comes from Tardigrada, meaning "slow stepper"

And the title: Evolution's Triumph

Tardigrades can survive in really extreme environments (even space!)

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  • $\begingroup$ Ding ding ding! Nice job figuring it out. And go tardigrades! $\endgroup$ – NeedAName Sep 4 '15 at 16:12
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    $\begingroup$ Tardigrades always make me ask myself "Are humans or tardigrades the more advanced species?" $\endgroup$ – dmg Sep 4 '15 at 16:17
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    $\begingroup$ You should check out the recent news on Octopi. They're literally waging battles against each other using ranged weaponry. Check out newscientist.com/article/… $\endgroup$ – Kingrames Sep 4 '15 at 16:57
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Perhaps not intended, but fits:

Microsoft

Size belied by name

The word "micro" belies the size of the corporation.

Seen ev'rywhere but unseen

Windows is everywhere, but has no physical form to see since it is software

A slow moving beast

Microsoft as a large bureaucracy can be rather slow. For instance, they finally added virtual desktops as a built-in feature to Windows 10, while Linux has had them for like, 20 years.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not a bad fit indeed; not the intended thing however. Don't forget the title! $\endgroup$ – NeedAName Sep 4 '15 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, but some nerds I know might claim that even the title fits if you read it as "(De)evolution's Triumph". IE: Title read as sarcastic / mocking / irony. (^_^) $\endgroup$ – Brock Adams Sep 4 '15 at 18:50
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Is it:

A Bearded Dragon / Dragon Lizard?

Size belied by name

With Dragon in the name, you'd expect it to be huge.

Seen ev'rywhere but unseen

Reference to the camouflaging capabilities of the lizard.

A slow moving beast

They like to stay still a lot..

Evolution's Triumph

The camouflage was an evolutionary triumph for the species.

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