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1 What is a sponge? Sponges are asymmetrical aquatic animals that have a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

2 What is a sponge? Although sponges do not resemble more familiar animals, they carry on the same life processes as all animals. Many are bright shades of red, orange, yellow, and green.

3 Sponges are pore-bearers Sponges are classified in the invertebrate phylum Porifera, which means “pore bearer.” Most live in marine biomes, but about 150 species can be found in freshwater environments.

4 Sponges are mainly sessile organisms. Water out Central cavity Water in Because most adult sponges can’t travel in search of food, they get their food by a process called filter feeding. Sponges are pore-bearers

5 Water out Central cavity Water in Filter feeding is a method in which an organism feeds by filtering small particles of food from water that pass by or through some part of the organism.

6 Osculum Epithelial-like cells Pore cell Amoebocyte Spicules Direction of water flow through a sponge: Water flows IN through the pore cells and OUT through the osculum

7 Cell organization in sponges For some sponge species, if you took a living sponge and put it through a sieve, not only would the sponge’s cells be alive and separated out, but these cells would come together to form new sponges. It can take several weeks for the sponge’s cells to reorganize themselves.

8 Cell organization in sponges Many biologists hypothesize that sponges evolved directly from colonial, flagellated protists, such as Volvox. Volvox

9 Cell organization in sponges More importantly, sponges exhibit a major step in the evolution of animals— the change from unicellular life to a division of labor among groups of organized cells.

10 Reproduction in sponges Sponges can reproduce asexually and sexually. Depending on the species, asexual reproduction can be by budding, fragmentation, or the formation of gemmules.

11 Reproduction in sponges An external growth, called a bud, can form on a sponge. If a bud drops off, it can float away, settle, and grow into a sponge. Sometimes, buds do not break off. When this occurs, a colony of sponges forms. Often, fragments of a sponge break off and grow into new sponges.

12 Reproduction in sponges Some freshwater sponges produce seed-like particles, called gemmules, in the fall when waters cool. The adult sponges die over the winter, but the gemmules survive and grow into new sponges in the spring when waters warm.

13 Reproduction in sponges Most sponges reproduce sexually. Some sponges have separate sexes, but most sponges are hermaphrodites. A hermaphrodite is an animal that can produce both eggs and sperm.

14 Reproduction in sponges Eggs and sperm form from amoebocytes. During reproduction, sperm released from one sponge can be carried by water currents to another sponge, where fertilization can occur.

15 Reproduction in sponges Fertilization in sponges may be either external or internal. A few sponges have external fertilization—fertilization that occurs outside the animal’s body. Most sponges have internal fertilization, in which eggs inside the animal’s body are fertilized by sperm carried into the sponge with water.

16 Reproduction in sponges In sponges, the collar cells collect and transfer sperm to amoebocytes. The amoebocytes then transport the sperm to ripe eggs.

17 Support and defense systems in sponges Sponges are soft-bodied invertebrates, that can be found at depths of about 8500 m. Their internal structure gives them support and can help protect them from predators.

18 Support and defense systems in sponges Some sponges have sharp, hard spicules located between the cell layers. Spicules may be made of glasslike material or of calcium carbonate. Spicules

19 Support and defense systems in sponges Other sponges have an internal framework made of silica or of spongin, a fibrous protein-like material. Sponges can be classified according to the shape and makeup of their spicules and/or frameworks.

20 Support and defense systems in sponges Besides sharp spicules, some sponges may have other methods of defense. Some sponges contain chemicals that are toxic to fishes and to other predators.

21 Common Sponges Barrel Sponges Finger Sponges Tube Sponges Rope Sponges And OF COURSE…

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