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Quiz about Its a Beach Party
Quiz about Its a Beach Party

It's a Beach Party! Trivia Quiz


The beach and shallow waters are home to a fantastic variety of animals and this quiz will take a look at just a few of them. Enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by jonnowales. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
jonnowales
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
339,257
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
6 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Mussels are a very common sight on rocky shores and the expansive beds of mussels show how well they are adapted to their environment. One such adaptation is the byssus, which mussels use to keep themselves in place. What is a byssus commonly called? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The common periwinkle, Littorina littorea, is a shelled animal that inhabits rocky Atlantic coasts but what type of animal is it? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The intertidal zone, commonly known as the seashore, is an area where isopods flourish. Some isopods are found further ashore and one such isopod is the tongue-eating louse. With what type of fish, a well known species of which is red, does the tongue-eating louse have a parasitic relationship? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Tide pools are home to a wonderful variety of animals including a species that is more commonly associated with coral reefs. Which of the following animals is a cnidarian that provides protection for clown fish? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Haliotis isn't a case of bad breath, it is the genus to which abalones belong! Do abalones have shells?


Question 6 of 10
6. Starfish are regularly spotted in the intertidal zone and the difference in the size of starfish species is striking. Which of the following, with the binomial name Pycnopodia helianthoides, is the largest species of starfish? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The many types of prawn can be found from the depths of the sea to the shallowest of waters by the shore. The Penaeus monodon is the binomial name for which species of striped prawn? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The barnacle is a great example of an animal that has an exoskeleton and this external skeleton is usually the only part of the animal you will see. To what phylum does the barnacle belong? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. An example of a true limpet is the common limpet, an animal that is regularly seen in the United Kingdom and other countries in the same area of the European continent. What is the binomial name given to the common limpet? I swear I hit my kneecap on a rock the last time I saw one of these... Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Classifying animals can be a tricky endeavour and the common names of animals often makes the sorting process even more confusing. The inhabitants of the intertidal zone contribute to this taxonomic nightmare. Is the hermit crab a true crab?



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1. Mussels are a very common sight on rocky shores and the expansive beds of mussels show how well they are adapted to their environment. One such adaptation is the byssus, which mussels use to keep themselves in place. What is a byssus commonly called?

Answer: Beard

The byssus, byssal thread or "beard" is very similar to human hair in that it contains keratin and is of a similar size. However, additional proteins are present which differentiates the "beard" of a mussel from human hair, including one which provides its sticky nature thus allowing the mussel to remain attached to rocks and other such surfaces.
2. The common periwinkle, Littorina littorea, is a shelled animal that inhabits rocky Atlantic coasts but what type of animal is it?

Answer: Sea snail

The common periwinkle, and periwinkles in general, is a type of sea snail. A significant part of the diet of Littorina littorea is algae but the common periwinkle will feed on other animals, particularly various larvae, if the opportunity presents itself. Sea snails are edible and, as unappetising as they sound, are considered a delicacy in certain parts of the world.
3. The intertidal zone, commonly known as the seashore, is an area where isopods flourish. Some isopods are found further ashore and one such isopod is the tongue-eating louse. With what type of fish, a well known species of which is red, does the tongue-eating louse have a parasitic relationship?

Answer: Snapper

The relationship between the tongue-eating louse and the spotted rose snapper (the louse only interacts with this species of snapper) has to be one of the most bizarre in existence. The louse uses the gills to gain entry to the oral cavity of the spotted rose snapper before attaching itself to the tongue of the fish. The tongue will eventually waste away and it is at this point that things get peculiar. The louse attaches itself to the remaining portion of the tongue and things carry on as normal!

As the parasitic louse attacks the tongue of the snapper, the snapper clearly does not benefit. After the attack however, with the louse acting as a replacement tongue, the snapper is in a better state than if it had no tongue at all.

For those who wish to read more about this particular isopod, its binomial name is Cymothoa exigua.
4. Tide pools are home to a wonderful variety of animals including a species that is more commonly associated with coral reefs. Which of the following animals is a cnidarian that provides protection for clown fish?

Answer: Sea anemone

The tide pool is a harsh habitat which makes it particularly difficult for both flora and fauna to adapt to. The sea anemone is an example of an animal that can survive in the tide pool habitat but they are somewhat territorial. Sea anemones will use their tentacles to sting other sea anemones in a battle for space until one gives way.

The clown fish is immune to the sea anemone's stinging tentacles and this allows the fish to hide amongst the tentacles when fleeing from predators.
5. Haliotis isn't a case of bad breath, it is the genus to which abalones belong! Do abalones have shells?

Answer: Yes

Abalones, which can often be found in tide pools, have a shell that is made of calcium carbonate and proteins. This particular animal has been studied extensively and abalone-specific diseases have been discovered, abalone viral ganglioneuritis (AVG) being an example.
6. Starfish are regularly spotted in the intertidal zone and the difference in the size of starfish species is striking. Which of the following, with the binomial name Pycnopodia helianthoides, is the largest species of starfish?

Answer: Sunflower starfish

The sunflower starfish is a species that is found along the Pacific coast of the United States. Despite its pleasant name the sunflower starfish is a predator and, as an opportunistic feeder, quite a selection of marine creatures are considered fair game.

The sunflower starfish is rather partial to a feast of sea urchins but other animals, including different starfish species, are not exempt from the menu!
7. The many types of prawn can be found from the depths of the sea to the shallowest of waters by the shore. The Penaeus monodon is the binomial name for which species of striped prawn?

Answer: Giant tiger prawn

The giant tiger prawn is consumed by humans around the world and this species alone was worth more than $3 billion in 2009. The incorrect answers (Indian prawn, Atlantic white shrimp and whiteleg shrimp) belong to the same family, Penaeidae, as the giant tiger prawn and are also sold for human consumption.
8. The barnacle is a great example of an animal that has an exoskeleton and this external skeleton is usually the only part of the animal you will see. To what phylum does the barnacle belong?

Answer: Arthropoda

The arthropods are a large and diverse collection of animals that includes the barnacle. The barnacle more specifically belongs to the subphylum Crustacea and thus shares many characteristics, such as an exoskeleton, with animals such as crabs and lobsters.

There are over one thousand different species of barnacle and they can all be described as sessile (immobile). Barnacles attach themselves to a stable object, usually a rock, and remain there until they die or are displaced by a competitor.
9. An example of a true limpet is the common limpet, an animal that is regularly seen in the United Kingdom and other countries in the same area of the European continent. What is the binomial name given to the common limpet? I swear I hit my kneecap on a rock the last time I saw one of these...

Answer: Patella vulgata

The common limpet is just one of many species of true limpet. Even though this particular species, Patella vulgata, is most commonly spotted in Europe, other species can be found around the world.

The kneecap was mentioned in the clue to this question and the common limpet's binomial nomenclature reflects the fact that its shell resembles the shape of a kneecap, that is the shell is patelliform.
10. Classifying animals can be a tricky endeavour and the common names of animals often makes the sorting process even more confusing. The inhabitants of the intertidal zone contribute to this taxonomic nightmare. Is the hermit crab a true crab?

Answer: No

The hermit crab, well known for its shell-changing habits, is not considered to be a true crab, it instead has more characteristics in common with the squat lobster. The identity crisis doesn't end there however as the squat lobster is not considered to be a true lobster! This confusion has caused problems for restaurants selling seafood with court cases taking place in order to determine whether or not squat lobster should be put on the menu as lobster.
Source: Author jonnowales

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