Author: Kristen Wieliczka

Examples of the Phylum Chordata

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Habitats: Chordates live in most habitats. The Phylum Chordata encompases animals that live in the sea, air, and land. It also includes animals that can live in most climates.

Type of Coelom: Chordates have a coelom. A coelom is the space that contains the internal organs. Chordates are coelomates which means they have a coelom that is completely lined with mesoderm.

Endoskeleton or Exoskeleton: Chordates have an endoskeleton.

Type of nervous system: A chordate has a brain and nervous system. Most chordates also have two eyes.

Type of feeder: Chordates can be various types of feeders including filter feeders, suspension feeders, plant feeders, and carnivorous.

Type of symmetry: Chordates have bilateral symmetry which means they have definite left and right sides.

Type of reproduction: Chordates reproduce sexually.

Circulatory system: A chordate has a distinct heart that propels the blood or contraction of blood vessels propels the blood.

Endothermic or exothermic: A chordate can either be endothermic or exothermic.

Segmentation: The body is segmented meaning that it has lead to specialization of parts because the various segments can become differentiated for specific purposes.

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