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Question Set: Phylum Cnidaria

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:

  1. Why are ctenophores no longer in the cnidarian phylum?
  2. How might having cnidocytes (stinging cells) be advantageous
    1. to a jellyfish?
    2. to a sea anemone?
  3. How does the body plan of a cnidarian (jellyfish, coral, anemone, etc.) differ from that of sponge?
  4. Most sea anemones are sessile (attached) animals. What do biologists mean when they say that a sea anemone moves?
  5. Jellyfish propel themselves with rhythmic pulsations of their body, yet they are described as plankton (drifting organisms). How might this be explained?
  6. What are some examples of mechano-reception, chemoreception, and photoreception in humans? Give specific examples.

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