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Ernst Haeckel Art Forms in Nature Calendar 2011
Ernst Haeckel,
Art Forms in Nature
Calendar 2011

Butterflies Poster Calendar 2011
Butterflies Poster Calendar 2011

Exquisite Creatures Calendar 2011
Exquisite Creatures
Calendar 2011


Invertebrates Quick Reference Guide
Invertebrates: A Quick Reference Guide

Waterproof DCSI Marine Invertebrate Card
Waterproof DCSI Marine Invertebrate Card

Invertebrate Zoology
Invertebrate Zoology

Invertebrates Systematics
Invertebrate Systematics (Magazine Sub)

Teacher's Best - The Creative Process

Invertebrates Posters, Prints & Charts
for the elementary and science classrooms, home schoolers, and as theme decor.

science > biology > zoology > INVERTEBRATES POSTERS

Animals Invertebrates, Poster Set
Animals Invertebrates,
Poster Set

Invertebrates, animals that do not have a backbone, are cold-blooded, meaning their body temperature depends on the temperature of their environment.

Invertebrates range from very simple animals, like amoeba, to sponges, jellyfish, corals, insects, arachnids (spiders), crustaceans, mollusks, and echinoderms (spiny-skinned).

Animals with a backbone are called vertebrates.

Edible Crustaceans Poster
Edible Crustaceans

Crusteceans are arthropods - invertebrate animals having an exoskeleton (external skeleton), a segmented body, and jointed appendages that include such familiar animals as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill and barnacles.

• more crustacean posters

Mollusks Poster
Mollusks Poster

Mollusks soft-bodied, invertebrate animals that live in marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats, with a wide range of anatomical structure, size, and behavior.

Mollusk includes snails, clams, mussels, oysters, octopus and sea slugs.

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Azure Vase Sponge, Callyspongia Plicifera, Phylum Porifera, Caribbean, Photographic Print
Azure Vase Sponge, Callyspongia Plicifera, Phylum Porifera, Caribbean, Photographic Print

Sponges are animals of the phylum Porifera, meaning “pore bearer”, whose bodies consist of jelly-like mesohyl sandwiched between two thin layers of cells.

Sponges do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems, and most rely on maintaining a constant water flow through their bodies to obtain food.

Sponges, and their symbionts, have medicinal potential that may be used to control viruses, bacteria, tumors and fungi, as well as being unique in having some specialized cells that can transform into other types.

Natural Sponges
Natural Sponges

Several species of sponges have soft, fibrous skeletons that have been used for millinea for various purposes by humans - such as padding, portable drinking utensils, for cleaning, and as applicators. In 1997 female dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia, have been observed attaching a marine sponge to their “nose” (rostrom L. for beak) to protect themselves when scouring the sandy bottom for food, and teaching their offspring to use the sponge.

Over-harvesting of sea sponges lead to near extinction in the mid 20th century and natural sponges have been replaced by synthetic sponges of cellulose, polyurethane or silicone, foam for many purposes.

FYI - Luffa, or loofah, are the fibrous “skeleton” of a gourd.

Sea Nettle, Photographic Print
Sea Nettle,
Photographic Print

Jellyfish are free-swimming animals with a basic body structure that resembles an umbrella made of mesoglea, a non-living jelly-like substance, sandwiched between two layers of epithelium.

Jellyfish do not have specialized digestive, nervous, respiratory, or circulatory systems: nutrients are absorbed in the gastrodermal lining, they have a nerve net, their skin is thin enough that the body is oxygenated by diffusion, and they move through contraction-pulsations of the bell-like body.

All jellyfish are embodied in the Medusozoa subphylum and Medusa is another word for adult jellyfish. The collective names for a group of jellyfish are smack, bloom and swarm.

Colonial Jellyfish, Tablet 93, c.1899-1904, Art Print
Colonial Jellyfish, Tablet 93, c.1899-1904, Art Print

• Ernst Haeckel portrait

Touching or being touched by a jellyfish can be very uncomfortable, sometimes requiring medical assistance; sting effects range from no effect to extreme pain to death. The animated movie Finding Nemo shows the near fatal effects of swimming through a jellyfish bloom.

The tenacles of a jellyfish are reminimscient of the Greek Gorgon, Medusa, with her tangle of snakes for hair, and the ability to kill by just looking at you.

The Coral Reef, Poster
The Coral Reef,

Corals are marine animals that typically live in compact colonies of many identical individual “polyps” which secrete calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton. A coral reef is an underwater structure made from the calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Reefs grow best in warm, shallow, clear, sunny and agitated waters.

Coral reefs are called “rainforests of the sea”, and are among the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Coral reefs cover less than one tenth of one percent of the world ocean surface and provide a home for twenty-five percent of all marine species, including fish, molluscs, echinoderms and sponges.

Coral reefs, which are damaged by climate change, over fishing and coastal pollution, have been reduced by 25% in the last ten years

Insect Orders Poster
Insect Orders

Entomology - Insect Orders

Poster Text: Insects have short life spans and reproduce in great numbers. These two facts allow a much greater rate of evolution and adaptation that in other organisms. Having existed since prehistoric times, insects have evolved and adapted into highly specific and varied forms. The majority of these can be grouped into one of seven orders; odonata, hamiptera, coleoptera, lepidoptera, diptera, hymenoptera, and orthoptera.

Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Hemiptera, Diptera, Orthoptera, Odonata, Lepidoptera.

• more insect posters

Arachnids Poster
Arachnids Poster

Arachnids have 8 jointed legs and are named after the mythological figure Arachne, a very talented human weaver whose pride in her skill caused Athena/Minerva to change her into a spider (Ovid's Metamorphoses).

Species include spiders, scorpions, ticks, and mites.

Spiders Poster

Spiders & Arachnids Art Poster
Spiders & Arachnids
Art Poster
World's Most Dangerous Insects and Arachnids Poster
World's Most Dangerous Insects and Arachnids Poster

Day Octopus, Hawaii, Photographic Print
Day Octopus, Hawaii,
Photographic Print
Giant Squid and a Squid of the Fishermen, Giclee Print
Giant Squid and a Squid of the Fishermen, Giclee Print

Starfish on the Beach, Photographic Print
Starfish on the Beach,
Photographic Print
Iowa Pleistocene Snail, Photographic Print
Iowa Pleistocene Snail,
Photographic Print

Portrait of Jean-Baptiste de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck, 1802-03, Giclee Print
Jean-Baptiste de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck, 1802-03,
Giclee Print

Jean-Baptist Lamarck
b. 8-1-1744; France
d. 12-28-1829

Lamarck was a naturalist who coined the term invertebrates, was one of the first to use the term biology, and was praised by Charles Darwin in the 3rd edition of The Origin of the Species.

Lamarck's Open Mind: The Lectures
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