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The Phylum Chordata This phylum has 3 subphyla - Urochordata - Cephalochordata -Craniata Chordates are deuterostomes (sensu strictu) Possess four unique.

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1 The Phylum Chordata This phylum has 3 subphyla - Urochordata - Cephalochordata -Craniata Chordates are deuterostomes (sensu strictu) Possess four unique characteristics

2 1) Dorsal Hollow Nerve Cord Forms from a dorsal ectoderm tube Forms the CNS (brain & spinal cord) Other animal phyla have ventral solid nerve cord(s)

3 2) Notochord Longitudinal, flexible cartilagenous rod Located between nerve cord and gut

4 2) Notochord Extends most of the length of the organism A simple ENDOSKELETON For some chordates this is all they have (thus ‘invertebrate’ chordates) VERTEBRATE chordates develop a more complex jointed skeleton BUT vertebrates still have vestiges of the notochord (intervertebral discs !)

5 3) Pharyngeal Slits Early chordates – these connected to the digestive tract; used for FILTER FEEDING Later became modified for gas exchange Present (vestigial) in our early embryo stage

6 4) Postanal Tail

7 Digestive tract extends most of the body length in the majority of non-chordates Tail extends beyond the anus in chordates Contains skeletal elements Contains muscles Major propulsive force in many aquatic chordates Other uses for the tail ?????

8 Subphylum Urochordata Invertebrate chordates Called Tunicates (some called sea squirts) Tunic is made of a cellulose-like carbohydrate called tunicin Filter Feeders Free swimming as larvae Sessile as adults (adhere by ‘head’ region to objects)

9 Subphylum Urochordata Highly modified as adults Scarcely resemble other chordates During metamorphosis they lose the tail, notochord & nerve cord (‘brain’ atrophies) Retain pharyngeal slits Closed circulatory system Possess heart & blood cells (no hemoglobin) Most primitive of the chordates (?????)

10 Subphylum Urochordata (larva)

11 Subphylum Urochordata (adult)

12 Subphylum Cephalochordata Lancelets Laterally compressed

13 Subphylum Cephalochordata Adults somewhat resemble urochordate larvae All 4 chordate traits persist Filter feeders; tentacles around mouth Marine; burrow tail first Feeble swimmers; fish-like movements (sinusoidal) Serially arranged muscle segments

14 Origin of Craniates & Vertebrates Fossils – resembling Cephalochordates – Burgess Shale of British Columbia ~550mya Craniates and Vertebrates first appear during the Cambrian “explosion” ~ 530mya Early Craniates and Vertebrates possessed all four chordate characteristics and were filter feeders Probably derived from a Urochordate-like ancestor similar to a tunicate larva Paedogenesis resulted in a larva achieving sexual maturity and it did not undergo metamorphosis

15 Paedogenesis Precocious attainment of sexual maturity in a morphologically juvenile organism If successful, natural selection would have reinforced the absence of metamorphosis These larvae were active and natural selection would favor the most active Actively foraging organisms benefit from good sense organs Cephalization is a benefit

16 Craniate / Vertebrate Characteristics All possess the four basic chordate traits (at least at some stage) Cephalization with a highly specialized brain The brain is covered by or enclosed by a skull MOST Craniates possess a vertebral column that encloses the nerve cord MOST possess jaws Skeleton is an endoskeleton

17 The Endoskeleton Composed of cartilage, bone or both Grows with the organism Cells secrete and rearrange the matrix AXIAL SKELETON - skull plus vertebral column (plus ribs & breastbone, if present) APPENDICULAR SKELETON may be present (supports fins or limbs)

18 Additional Traits (I) Closed circulatory system Heart with 2, 3 or 4 chambers Arteries, capillaries, veins Red blood cells (with hemoglobin) for O 2 transport Blood oxygenated through skin or more commonly via gills or lungs

19 Additional Traits (II) Possess kidneys ( compact excretory structures ) Reproduction usually sexual Dioecious (= unisexual) Gender control variable (XY, WZ, environmental) Some can change gender Parthenogenesis found in most classes (but not common)

20 Subphylum Craniata Nine or ten extant classes Mixini Petromyzontidae Chrondrichthyes Antinopterygii, Actinistia, Dipnoi Amphibia Reptilia Aves (?) Mammalia

21 The Agnathan Classes (I) Oldest fossilized craniates were agnathans Mud-suckers/filter feeders Living forms lack paired appendages and external armor No covers for gill slits Two-chambered heart Class Mixini (hagfishes) Class Petromyzontida (lampreys)

22 The Agnathan Classes (II) Hagfishes (30 species) are eel shaped Lack rasping mouthparts Some feed on sick or dead fish or on worms Marine Skull of cartilage No vertebrae (are “craniate invertebrates”)

23 Hagfish

24 The Agnathan Classes (III) Lampreys (about 35 species) are eel shaped Young are usually suspension (filter) feeders Young live in freshwater Adults usually marine but some stay in freshwater Adults have rasping mouth parts Attach to live fish and are parasitic Possess a cartilaginous tube around the notochord with pairs of projections (Vertebrae); thus a “craniate vertebrate”)

25 Lamprey (I)

26 Lamprey (II)

27 Lamprey (III)

28 The First Gnathans Classes Placodermi and Acanthodii (extinct) Possessed hinged jaws and paired fins Jaws developed from skeletal rods supporting some of the more anterior pharyngeal slits Jaws allow for more varied feeding habits Vertebrate jaws work UP and DOWN (arthropod jaws work Side to Side) Remaining slits functioned as major gas exchange sites

29 Basic Craniate (from text)

30 Development of Jaws (from arch supports 3 & 4)

31 Jaws and Supports

32 Acanthodian

33 Placoderm

34 Class Chondrichthyes (I) The cartilaginous fishes (about 750 species) Lack of bone in skeleton is considered a derived condition Sharks, rays, skates, and more No swim bladder Must swim to stay up in the water column Some have added buoyancy due to large amounts of oil stored in the liver

35 Class Chondrichthyes (II) Marine animals – evolved in the sea Paired fins, well-developed jaws; most are carnivores (a few filter feeders) No opercula (external gill covers) Scaled; Teeth evolved from modified scales Reproduce sexually; fertilization internal; dioecious Oviparous, Ovoviviparous or Viviparous Claspers on male’s pectoral fins transfer sperm into the female’s reproductive tract

36 Class Chondrichthyes (III) Cloaca present Heart two-chambered Short digestive tract; spiral valve present Good vision but no color vision Sharks have a fusiform body Rays and skates are dorsoventrally flattened

37 Black Tipped Reef Shark

38 Ray

39 The “Bony” Fishes Formerly in one class (Osteichthyes) but now divided into three classes Cloaca absent in all three classes; dioecious; heart is 2-chambered Class Actinistia – coelacanths (believed to have been extinct for 65 million years) – Two (?) extant species; a lobe-fin group that evolved in freshwater and then moved to the ocean Class Dipnoi – lungfishes – another lobe-fin group; 3 genera and 7 species; Freshwater; use lungs for respiration; Gave rise to tetrapods

40 Coelacanth

41 Dipnoi (Australian Lungfish)

42 Class Antinopterygii Largest group of vertebrates (~30,000 spp) Most of our familiar fish species Body covered by flattened bony scales Evolved in freshwater; many moved to the ocean; some have returned to freshwater A few species spend a portion of their lives in freshwater and in saltwater Possess a swim bladder for buoyancy – it developed from lungs

43 Rainbow Trout

44 Evolution of lungs & Swim Bladder

45 Gas Exchange in Fishes Chondrichthyes – swimming important – forces water into mouth and out over gills Bony Fish – water drawn into mouth and forced out over gills by movement of the OPERCULUM and contraction of muscles within the gill chambers


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