August 21, 2014

Mollusks

Mollusk

Mollusks are invertebrates that live in ocean, freshwater and terrestrial habitats. It is estimated that there are as many as 120,000 different species of mollusk. There are several different classes of mollusk. The most common mollusks are the gastropods (e.g., snails and slugs), the cephalopod … [Read more...]

Annelids

Worms

Annelids are invertebrates consisting of over 17,000 species of worms including ragworms, earthworms, and leeches. Annelids can be found in moist and wet earth, as well as marine and freshwater environments. Many annelids, such as leeches, are considered parasites. Annelids range in size from … [Read more...]

Invertebrates

Invertebrate

Invertebrates are animals with no internal skeleton or backbone. Invertebrates make up about 95% of all animal species on Earth. Types of invertebrates include annelids, arachnids, cnidaria, crustaceans, echinoderms, insects, mollusks, and protozoa. Exceptions include amphibians, birds, fish, … [Read more...]

Insects

Insect

Insects are a type of invertebrate, meaning they don't have an internal skeleton or backbone. Insects are also a type of arthropod. The term arthropod comes from the Greek word meaning "jointed feet," and includes other similar animals such as crustaceans and arachnids. Insects are one of the … [Read more...]

Echinoderms

Sea Star or Starfish

Echinoderms are a type of invertebrate found in marine or ocean environments. Common echinoderms include the sea star, sea urchin, sand dollar and sea cucumber. Most echinoderms have arms or spines that radiate from the center of their body. The central body contains their organs, such as mouth for … [Read more...]

Crustaceans

Crab

Crustaceans are a type of invertebrate, meaning they don't have an internal skeleton. They are also part of the arthropod family of animals. The term arthropod comes from the Greek word meaning "jointed feet," and includes other similar animals such as insects and arachnids. Even if you are not … [Read more...]

Cnidaria

One common type of Cnidaria is the Jellyfish

Cnidaria are a class of invertebrates found in aquatic or marine environments. The name Cnidaria comes from the Greek word "cnidos," meaning stinging nettle. There are about 9,000 species of cnidaria, the most common being the jellyfish, sea anemone, and coral. Cnidaria come in two different body … [Read more...]

Arachnids

Arachnid, Spider

Arachnids are defined as invertebrate animals that have eight legs. However, in some arachnids the front pair of legs may have adapted for feeding, defense, and sensory perception rather than walking. Almost all arachnids live on land, although some live in freshwater areas. There are over 100,000 … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Animal Kingdom

The Lion - Proud and Majestic Symbol of the Animal Kingdom

Welcome to the new Animal Kingdom blog. If you love animals, or need to do a school project on animals, this site will provide you with a wealth of information on a wide variety of animals. AnimalKingdom.net is a companion web site to Kidport.com, a K-8 children's education site. AnimalKingdom.net … [Read more...]