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.
Worksheet with information taken from Marine Biology. Sixth Edition. Peter Castro and Michael E. Huber. McGraw Hill, 2007.
Source: Renee Haugen
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
A thorough yet simple description of the biology of sponges, including cell structure, feeding, and reproduction.
Source: YouTube Channel: BlueWorldTV
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)
Source: Marine Biology, 6th Edition. Castro and Huber, McGraw-Hill.
Coloring diagram of sponge cells.
Source: Elson, Lawrence. The Zoology Coloring Book. HarperPerennial, 1982.