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bio lab final - Rotifera The term Rotifer is derived from...

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Rotifera : The term “Rotifer” is derived from the term “wheel-bearer” which makes reference to the cilia that causes the Rotifer to rotate. Rotifers inhabit freshwater, marine, and damp soil habitats and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. One very unique characteristic to Rotifers is that for most species, no male are known and females reproduce through parthenogenesis, which is a form of asexual reproduction that only involves females. Rotifers are omnivorous and their diet consists of dead or decaying organic molecules, green algae and plankton. An interesting characteristic that the genus bdelloid rotifers have is the ability to dry themselves out called cryptobiosis. If parasitic fungi threaten them, they completely remove any trace of water in their bodies, drying themselves out to a degree that their parasites can't stand. 1 Mollusca Mollusks are one of the most diverse groups with at least 50,000 species. It includes organisms such as snails, scallops, clams, oyster, and octopus. Their ventral bodies are bilaterally
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