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Sea Sponge

Page history last edited by Jeremy Assayag 9 years, 6 months ago

Sea Sponge

 Jeremy Assayag







The sea sponge is a multicellular organism, they have a full body of pores and channels allowing water to flow through them. Sponges have cells that can change to other cells called unspecialized cells. Sea sponges do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems. They rely on having consistant water flow through their bodies, to obtain food, oxygen and to remove wastes. 


This organism would fit in the animal classification because it is large, multi-cellular and they rely on other organisms for food.






The habitat of the adult sea sponge is usually on rocks. They feed by filtering bacteria and or tiny food particles out of the water. Some sponges can even filter thousands of times there volumes of water a day! There are around 8000 different types of sponges in the world, that live in oceans and even freshwater lakes. They also live in caves.



Predator Adaptations:


There are only a couple types of animals that will eat the sea sponge, not that many will because it has evolved to give off a special toxin. So the only two animals will eat it would be the Nudibranch, or also named, the sea slug. 



Prey Adaptations: 


The Nudibranch  is the only animal that can eat the sea sponge even with its toxins because the Nudibranch  can actually use the toxins from the sea sponge, against it. So for example let's say someone tried attacking the Nudibranch , it can basically just use the persons attack against them. 


Symbiotic Interactions:


The sea sponge makes symbiotic connections with various organisms. For example, photosynthetic bacteria/plant cells, and swimming scallops and crabs, and parasitisms on mollusc shells.


Species Connection:


I can connect the Sea Anemone to the sea sponge because it has a venom, they live in shallow waters and they live on rocks. For a difference between the two, the Sea Anemone  is placed in the Cnidara category, they shoot their tentacles that are filled with a venom to catch their food, the sea sponge just filters it through the water.  





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