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Throw in the Sponge!
"Believe it or not, the sponge is actually an animal! Enjoy this dive into the realm of the most holey aquatic animal on Earth."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
All animal species are classified into phyla, so let's get right to it. Sponges are classified in what phylum?
All organisms must consume nutrients in order to live, and sponges are certainly no exception. Which type of food source do sponges NOT consume?
Sponges are some of the most primitive animals still around today. What characteristic of sponges is often cited as evidence that they should NOT be classified as animals?
lack of true tissues
sessile (non-moving) adults
lack of a circulatory system
It is well known that sponges are sessile; they are generally not able to move. However, there are a few ways in which sponges can move. Which is NOT a type of movement exhibited by sponges?
closing of oscula and ostia (pores)
burrowing into the sand
creeping along the ocean or lake floor
The "loofah" or "luffa", used by some people while bathing or showering, is made from a species of sponge.
Humans have long used sponges for a variety of tasks, including cleaning, water filtration, drinking vessels, painting, and padding. Which other species has also been observed using sponges as tools?
Many aquatic species are spongivorous. Some species feed exclusively on sponges, and some feed only on a single species of sponge. The usual predators of sponges include turtles, angelfish, sea stars, sea slugs, snails, crabs, and fungi. However, there exists an insect larva which is specialized to feed almost solely upon sponges. Which species is it?
The lifespans of sponge species are also quite varied. Some live only a few months, while most live a few years. Even fewer sponge species live to see age twenty or more. Which class of sponges, known to be long-lived, contains a species of which some individuals have been estimated to be between 15,000 and 23,000 years old?
It is no wonder that the not-so-quick yet ancient and successful sponges have evolved several defenses against predators. Which of the following is NOT a predation defense mechanism employed by sponges?
shedded spicule carpet
Perhaps now you have learned that sponge ecology involves a lot of predation and defense mechanisms. However, many species of sponge are quite friendly to some of the other aquatic fauna. Which aptly named species of sponge is home to a mated pair of shrimp who spend nearly their entire lives inside the sponge?
Cupid's Arrow Sponge
Aphrodite's Love Tube
Sponge of Eros
Venus's Flower Basket
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Compiled May 21 13