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Sipuncula (Peanut Worms)

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Sydney Harter

on 3 May 2015

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Transcript of Sipuncula (Peanut Worms)

Bilaterally symmetrical
Fluid-filled coelom that acts as a hydrostatic skeleton
U-shaped gut with mouth and anus
Live in marine environments
Physical Characteristics
Unsegmented with body divided into trunk and retractable introvert
Mouth surrounded by ciliated tentacles
Two nephridia present
possess various introvert hooks
sipunculus nudus

Antillesoma antillarum

Golfingia vulgaris

Phylum Characteristics
Diet and Feeding Habits
Most are filter feeders who use their tentacles to push in algae and sediment.
Some use their introvert hooks to scrape sediment and organisms in from the surrounding surface.
Life Cycle/Reproduction
Most are dioceious
Gametes collect in nephridia, excretory organs that are modified gamete storage organs. Then released into water from nephridiopores. Fertilization external.
Spiral cleavage of the zygote creates a trochophore (free-swimming) larva, which will undergo metamorphosis to its characteristic shape.
Body Systems
No circulatory system
Introvert tentacles probably function as gills
Brain with single branching ventral nerve cord
Main nerve cord runs down the center of the ventral side.
Simple photoreceptors, surface covered with sensory cells.
Works Cited
Fun Facts!
Nephasoma minutum are the only known hermaphroditic worm from the phylum
It is called a peanut worm because of the shape of its anterior end resembling a peanut kernel
Capable of regeneration
Phylum Sipuncula (Peanut Worms)
Model Organism, Fish Bait
Inhabit Mollusc Shells
Sydney Harter & Alana Einspahr
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