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Phylum Porifera: Sponges

Phylum Porifera: Sponges

Author: Renee Haugen

In the process of understanding why animals in the phylum Porifera are uniquely important, students will describe how the different types of cells found in a sponge contribute to its function, including feeding and reproduction.

A survey of the phylum Porifera, including worksheets, a video, an informational website, and a quiz.

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Study Guide--Invertebrates: Sponges

Worksheet with information taken from Marine Biology. Sixth Edition. Peter Castro and Michael E. Huber. McGraw Hill, 2007.


Source: Renee Haugen

WEBSITE: Introduction to Porifera

UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology: Introduction to Porifera

Learn about the fossil record, life history, ecology, systematics, and morphology of Poriferans.

Source: UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology

Jonathan's Big Blue World: Sponges!

A thorough yet simple description of the biology of sponges, including cell structure, feeding, and reproduction.

Source: YouTube Channel: BlueWorldTV

Four New Species of Carnivorous Sponges: Adapting to Life in the Deep Sea

Description of four recently discovered deep-sea sponges that trap prey with hooks. These sponges are located near chemosynthetic organisms.

Source: YouTube Channel: MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

Marine Biology Textbook: Sponges


Source: Marine Biology, 6th Edition. Castro and Huber, McGraw-Hill.

Sponge Structure

Coloring diagram of sponge cells.


Source: Elson, Lawrence. The Zoology Coloring Book. HarperPerennial, 1982.