KINGDOM ANIMALIA: General Characteristics of Animals

Characteristics of Life Living things are organized. Living things are made up of cells. Living things metabolize. Living things maintain an internal environment. Living things grow. Living things respond. Living things reproduce. Living things evolve. Seven Levels of Taxonomic Classification Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species Kingdom Animalia Characteristics All animals are multicellular, eukaryotic…

Clam Dissection

Introduction The phylum Mollusca includes snails, clams, chitons, slugs, limpets, octopi, and squid. As mollusks develop from a fertilized egg to an adult, most pass through a larval stage called the trocophore. The trocophore is a ciliated, free-swimming stage. Mollusks also have a radula or file-like organ for feeding, a mantle that may secrete a…

Sea Star: Dissection

Introduction: Echinoderms are radially symmetrical animals that are only found in the sea (there are none on land or in fresh water). Echinoderms mean “spiny skin” in Greek. Many, but not all, echinoderms have spiny skin. There are over 6,000 species. Echinoderms usually have five appendages (arms or rays), but there are some exceptions. Radial…