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Crinoids

(Crinoidea)

 

Category: Invertebrates

 

 

Crinoids, aptly nicknamed “feather stars”, can inhabit a wide range of marine environments and, judging by the fossil record, were very abundant organisms in the past, especially in the mid- to late-Paleozoic. They usually have a stem to attach themselves to a substrate but many only live attached as juveniles and spend most of their lives as free-swimming entities. They obtain nutrition by filtering small particles of food from the water using the mucous covered tube feet covering their feathery arms. Though they display the five-fold symmetry typical of echinoderms, some crinoids can have as many as two hundred arms!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crinoid

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Echinodermata
Class - Crinoidea

 
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Cephalopods: Masterminds of the Ocean.

Octopi, cuttlefish, and squids - all cephalopods - have been observed engaging in amazing feats of intelligence (perhaps unsurprising, as cuttlefish and octopuses have the highest brain-to-body mass of all invertebrates). Their suction-cup covered arms are dexterous, and octopuses have been observed putting them to use throwing rocks, opening screw-top jars, even picking up and gathering coconut shells to build fortresses for themselves. Squids, for their part, have been observed hunting cooperatively and are able to communicate with one another via color changes, patterns, and flashing to one another - sometimes using different sides of their bodies to broadcast different signals to multiple squids! Just how smart are they? As they are typically elusive and so very different from humans, we aren’t sure yet - but we do know the question is not “Are they intelligent?” but “How intelligent are they?”

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