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The 3rd variation of this paintings covers the entire teams of residing organisms, and has new concise introductory sections at the common positive factors of every of the 5 kingdoms: micro organism; protoctista; animals; fungi; and crops - together with heritage info and definitions. pictures, a few by way of Karlene Schwartz, drawings and short essays describe consultant participants of every phylum. it may be of curiosity to scholars of biology, botany, zoology and different lifestyles sciences in addition to pros.

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316 317 Figure B Diagrammatic and shortened view of pogonophoran  removed from tube. This thin beard worm, belonging to Class Perviata, has a segmented hind region—the opisthosoma—that bears chitinous setae. Figure C Riftia pachyptila, vestimentiferans in their flexible tubes.  Taken at a 2500 m depth off the Galapagos Islands, this is the first photograph of a live colony in situ. Bar  25 cm. 317 A-26 320 Mollusca Figure A Figures of one member of each class of molluscs. 2: Yochelcionella and Helcionella are  small Middle Cambrian monoplacophorans from Australia, ranging in size from about 4 to 7 mm.

It should be kept in mind that a small number of genes, or one step in symbiosis, can sometimes alter the structure and biochemistry of an organism in profound ways. Meanwhile, the exploration of all of Earth’s biodiversity, including the more familiar eukaryotic phyla, is about to be accelerated by the Encyclopedia lxi of Life, an online database launched in 2008 into which complete knowledge of all organisms down to the species level will be compiled, organized and made available to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

326 A-28 328 Onychophora Figure A Speleoperipatus speleus, a blind and  unpigmented onychophoran, or velvet worm, taken from xliv 324 328 a cave in Jamaica. This troglodyte (cave-dwelling) species lacks eyes; other nontroglodytic onychophoran species have eyes. Bar  1 cm. Figure B Cutaway drawing of a female velvet worm. The  paired claws are extended when the velvet worm grips or climbs.  329 Figure C Onychophoran with young; US quarter (25-cent piece)  for scale is approximately 2 cm in diameter.

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