Step 1: Choose an animal species from a phylum that we didn’t cover in lecture,

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Step 1: Choose an animal species from a phylum that we didn’t cover in lecture, like Cestum
veneris (aka Venus’ girdle) from phylum Ctenophora, for example. If you do not choose a species,
your maximum score is 14 out of 25.
Step 2: Write a brief (2 pages, maximum) essay-styled overview including:
 Its phylum’s general characteristics (5 points):
o protostome/deuterostome,
o symmetry
o triplo-/diploblastic,
o coelom condition,
o complete/incomplete digestive
tract,
o respiratory adaptations,
o symmetry (cephalization?),
o excretory adaptations,
o level of body organization,
o nervous adaptations.
 Which phyla are closely related (1)?
 Which subkingdom, if any, is the phylum in? This can usually be found in Appendix A of
your text book (1).
 Your chosen species’…
o physical characteristics (including size, color, and other characteristics in such detail
that this species is differentiated from all others in the phylum) (3)
o geographic distribution (Where in the world do they live?) (2)
o habitat used (Where specifically do I look? Under a rock?) (2)
o life cycle (4)
 Give a thorough description of the species taxonomy, including its phylum, class, order,
family, genus and species (subspecies if it’s important). If you can get more taxonomic
information, you may include it as well. (4)
 Common name of the species. If the species doesn’t have one, mention that it doesn’t.
Facts presented in your paper must be cited in the format used in the Integrative and Comparative
Biology journal article that you used in a previous assignment. This may be done two ways. For
example, “This species of lizard is known for its ability to squirt blood from its eyes (Smith,
2015).” Alternatively, I could have written “According to Smith (2015), this species of lizard is
capable of squirting blood from its eyes.”
This paper is written as a normal essay, without the use of tables or bulleted lists. As well, it is
written by you and is not intended to be a collection of sentences written by someone else. Any
text that is quoted will not be considered part of your report, and you will not receive credit
for including it.
Wiki’s are not acceptable as any type of reference. Your bibliography must contain at least three
references, each of which will be referenced in your text. Be sure to format your bibliography
properly.

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