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Echinoderms

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Chapter 13 Secion 4

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Echinoderms

  1. 1. Echinoderms Chapter 13 Section Four
  2. 2. <ul><li>Echinoderms have a hard exoskeleton covered by a bumpy or spiny epidermis; they are radially symmetrical, have a mouth, stomach, and intestines; they have no head or brain, but they do have a nerve ring around the mouth. </li></ul><ul><li>1. Echinoderms have a water-vascular system, a network of water-filled canals connected to thousands of tube feet. </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2. The water-vascular system allows echinoderms to move, exchange carbon dioxide and oxygen, capture food, and remove wastes.
  4. 4. B. About 6,000 species of echinoderms exist. <ul><li>1. Sea stars have at least five arms arranged around a central point; they reproduce sexually and can regenerate a lost arm. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Brittle stars allow a predator to break off an arm, while the brittle star escapes; they quickly regenerate lost parts. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Sea Urchins and sand dollars are disk or globe-shaped animals covered with spines. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 4. Sea cucumbers are soft-bodied with a leathery covering.
  6. 6. <ul><li>C. Echinoderms help recycle materials and are used in research as possible medicine sources. </li></ul>

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