By: R. Renee Bembry
The importance of jellyfish in the ocean's food chain is more than important - it's vital!Abundant in all oceans on the planet, jellyfish are more than a food source for its ocean dwelling predators, jellyfish are also enjoyed by people of many Asian countries...
By: Tammy L Mahan
The shells of crustaceans and mollusks provide more than just a shield of protection for these two groups of marine life. The shells also provide a large variety of life sustaining functions for these small sea creatures.CRUSTACEANSCrustaceans are the largest group of ocean arthropods...
By: Louanne Cox
Jellyfish are able to reproduce both sexually and asexually during different stages of their lifecycle which may go a little way to explaining how they have survived on earth for 650 million years. They predate and have out lived dinosaurs. Different species of jellyfish occur...
By: David R. Chase
Any scientist will tell you that dimorphism is extremely important. That's really cool to know, isn't it? Well, it would be... if only you knew what sexual dimorphism was. Sexual dimorphism is the visible difference between the male and female of a certain species. Humans...
By: Mark Hopkins
It is all too easy to underestimate the humble amphibian. Frogs, toads, newts and salamanders (also Caecilians!), they are small, seldom seen and often slimy. In reality, the ancestors of these animals were the first to crawl from the water onto land and the...
How animals have developed symbiotic relationships with their environments over time
By: Erae Nelsen
Symbiosis is a term scientists use to describe animals and plants living together. Over time species have found ways of working together, or using one another to get ahead. The three types of symbiosis are mutualism, commensalism and parasitism. Throughout the animal kingdom examples can...
By: Erae Nelsen
Shells aren't just for collecting. They provide protection and a sort of backbone to creatures that lack them. Two such types are mollusks and crustaceans. Without their shells they would be undefended, unable to eat and would likely just shrivel up and die like an...
By: Erae Nelsen
The ocean reef is teeming with life created from a base of coral. This coral requires specific temperatures, sunlight and salinity to grow. Generally reefs are positioned rather close to shore and in fairly shallow waters. They contain the bulk of marine life within their...
By: Tammy L Mahan
The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is the largest crocodile in Africa growing up to 20 feet in length and weighting in at over 1,600 pounds. The Nile crocodile lives in marshes, swamps and the rivers of Africa the natives fear what they call the...
By: Jane Allyson
The fossil remains of the earliest known ancestors that show a striking resemblance to the modern day jelly fish, have been found in the rocks of a Utah mountainside that once lay at the bottom of what was once a prehistoric tropical sea.Dating back...

 

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