Biology 202 : Diversity of Life II
Quiz 1 Review: Lectures 2-8
Lecture #2: Introduction to Invertebrates
- Who are the invertebrates: 1) Diploblasts and Triploblasts 2) Protostomes ( Iochotrophozoans
and Ecdoysozoans) and Deuterosomes 3) Acoelomates, Pseudocoelomates and Coelomates(
Schizocoelous and Enterocoelous)
- Why study the invertebrates: 1) abundance 2) ecosystem significance 3) food 4) diseases 5)
pests 6) natural products 7) research
- Animals that lack a backbone ( not vertebrates). They Include many phyla and their taxonomy is
regularly changing ( as science is progressing we are finding more and more ways to sort these
organisms and discover that techniques once used are not reliable). They can be “subdivided”
into different groupings based on different distinguishing features
- Tissue Layers: 1) no tissue layers : Placozoans & poriferans( basically collections of cells, most
primitive state of invertebrates) 2) two tissue layers: Diploblasts ( two basic layers possible
interlayer space). 3) three tissue layers ( triploblasts)
- Triploblasts are often further divided into groups based upon the nature of coelom ( an internal
body cavity). 1) acoelomate: no body cavity 2) pseudocoelomate: forms between endoderm and
mesoderm. 3) Coelomate: forms within the mesoderm ( i) Schizocoelous: splitting of mesoderm
ii) Enterocoelous: folding of mesoderm, creating pockets.
- Groups based on the embryonic origin of the mouth: 1) No mouth: Placozoans & Poriferans 2)
Mouth arising from embryonic blastopore ( Protosome = First mouth) 3) Anus arising from
embryonic blastopore ( Deuterostome = Second mouth)
- Protosomes are often further divided into : 1)Lophotrochozoa: combination of two groups
having one of the other of i) lopho: a fan of ciliated tentacles around the mouth ii) troche: bands
of cilia that circle the body of the larva. 2) Ecdysozoa : share an ability to molt.
- Cnidaria :
- Ecdoysozoa: Arthropoda: i) Trilobitomorpha ii) Chelicerata
- Deuterostomia :
- They are the most abundant species of eukaryote group (almost ¾ of the 1.75million described
- Perform many key ecosystem services : 1) pollination 2) soil turnover 3) dung burial 4) pest
- Also: 1) Used as food for humans, other animals and other organisms. 2) Diseases of humans
and other animals. 3) Agricultral pests. 4) Sources of non-food products 5) Models in medicine
and research. - Learning Objectives : 1) Recognize higher level phylogenic relationships of invertebrates 2)
identify the groups that belong within lophotrochozoa( have either a fan of cilia or a ring of
cilia), ecdysozoa( can molt), protosome (Mouth first) and deuterostomes (Mouth Second) 3)
Discuss the roles of specific types of invertebrates in ecosystems and human biology.
Lecture #3: Protists
- Protists are a polyphyletic group of single celled organisms from 6 ohylogenetically distinct
- Animal like protitst are protozoans ( found withing 4 of the 6 groups)
- One ( or more ) protists was the last common ancestor of all animals
- How animal like protists are different than plant like protists: 1) metabolism:
chemoorganitrophic, not autotrophic 2) cell structure: cell membranes but no cell wall 3)
organelles: mitochondria( usually) but no chloroplasts ( usually) or other plastids( usually). 4)
activity: movement( via cilia, flagella or pseudopodia)
- How protists vary from other animals: 1) no collagen or chitin( no extracellular matrix) 2)
Unicellular ( though some form aggregates).
- Since they are unicellular, they do not need specialized cells but simple specialized regions of
the membrane that allow for entry / exit of nutrients and waste, locomotion.
- Most of the ususal stuctures are seen in single cells of eukaryotes within additional features
seen in most protozoa: 1) pellicle: microtubule- based network underneath the plasma
membrane. 2) Cytopharynyx: a mouth like region that brings food particles inwards. Food is
internalized by endocyctosis. 3) Cytopyge: anus like region where empty vacuoles are released
- Aquatic organism: Marine species are in osmotic equilibrium with seawater. Freshwater species
take on water and must expel it ( via exocytosis of contractile vacuoles) . Endoparasites are
found in the internal fluids of animals
- Free-living “ hunters”( chase down or run into their prey to obtain nourishment) , parasites or
- Two types of binary fission in protists: longitudinal and transverse
- Protozoa: 4 groups : 1) Excavata 2) Amoebozoa 3) Rhizaria 4) Chromalveolata.
- Excavata: possess a feeding groove ( cytostome) that brings in suspended food particles directed
by a posterior flagellum, close relatives may lack photosynthesis and use the flagellum ot obtain
nourishment. 3 groups within: 1) Fornicata ( Giardia; giardiasis) 2) Parabasalia ( Trichomonas
vaginalis; trichomoniasis) 3) Euglenzoa ( trypanosome brucei; sleeping sickness, Leishmania;
- Amoebozoa: amoeboid movement via lobopodia, can be multinucleated, mitochondria with
tubular cristate. 3 groups within: 1) Tubulinea( Ameoba; harmless) 2) Acanthamoebidae (
Acanthanmeobida; usually harmless). 3) Entameobida (Entameoba histolytica: amoebic
- Rhizaria: thin pseudopodia( filopodia) or axopodia (filopodia supported by microtubules).
Planktonic unicellular or colonial forms . Produce hard shells ( tests or capsules) that remain on death. 2 groups within: 1) Forminifera: produce chalk shells (tests ) that are abundant in marine
deposits 2) Radiolaria: radially symmetric protoszoans with a porous wall ( capsule) through
which filiopodia extend.
- Chromalveolata: very diverse group ( autotrophic, mixotrophic, heterotrophic). All possess a
unique plastid ( though secondarily lost in some). 4 groups , but we will consider only the
Alveolata, which has 3 main groups: 1) Dinoflagellates ( pigmented protists; red tide) 2)
Apicomplexa ( parasites including Plasmodium; malaria, Toxoplasma, Crytosporidium) 3)
Ciliophora ( ciliated protists such as Paramecium )
- Taxoplasmosis: common in feces of domestic cats. Mothers can pick it up and be asymptomatic.
Fetus can be infected with severe consequences.
- Ciliates : some of the most complex protists, wide distribution in freshwater and marine
systems, most have cili rather than flagella ( used for locomotion and feeding ), rigid pellicle give
fixed shape, distinct mouth ( cytostome) dimorphic nuclei ( macro and micronucleus), complex
feeding and defense strategies. Use trichocysts to make them bigger and difficult to eat (
- Learning objectives: 1)Identify the various supergroups and major groups of protists ( know their
phylogenetic relationships & main features) 2) know the terminology required to describe the
various groups, 3) compare and contrast the main groups 4)know the basic biology of the
examples linked to human diseases.
Lecture #4: Multicellularity
- Review of Protozoans = Amoeboza: Tubulinea ( Ameoba), Acanthamoebidae (Acanthameobida),
Entameobida ( Entamoeba). Rhizaria: Foraminifera, Radiolara. Chromaveolata Alveolata:
Dinoflagellates ( Gymnodinium), Apiocomplexa (Plasmodium; Toxoplasma, Crytosporidium),
Ciliophora( Paramecium, Didinium). Excavata: Fornicata(Giardia), Parabasalia ( Trichomonas
vaginalis), Euglenozoa ( Trypanosoma; Leishmania)
- Choanoflagellates: ancestors of animals. Prior to 600mya there were no animals, and the next
100my saw the being of all major phyla in the Cambrian explosion. First true animals likely arose
from an ancestor shared with Choanoflagellates.
- How many times did multicellularity arise? At least 17 eukaryotic clades independently acquired
some form of multicellularity. Most familiar groups are plants, fungi and animals ( metazoans).
Also occurred in other eukaryotes , such as ciliates, chrysophytes, diatoms & green algae. Even
bacteria and archae include examples of multicellular aggregations.
- How do cells come together? The colonial hypothesis suggests cell first come together by
aggregation( suggest that first animals would have been radially sysmmetrical). The syncytial
hypothesis suggests cells just fail to separate following cell division ( suggests that first animals
would have been bilaterally symmetrical).
- What is required to go unicellular to multicellular? First animals probably resembled modern
sponges : simple three dimensional organization with some cell speciallizations ( no tissue layers
and no distinct “extracellular space”) . Evolution of more complex multicellular organism required solutions to a number of challenges: 1) adhesion between cells ( cell to cell connections
). 2) cell specialization 3) communication between cells.
- How cells stick together: 1) Plants: cellulose. 2) Fungi : chitin 3) Animals have no similar
material. So animals use a number of methods to counter this. To counter changes in cell
volume, they have developed Na+K= ATPase to maintain osmotic balance. To develop intimate
interactions between cells , cells developed the ability to produce membrane proteins that
interact with molecules on adjacent cells which gives the cells the ability to send and recieve
transmissions between cells , animal radition coincided with the invention of collagen ( gives
- Choanoflagellates have 23 gene encoding different cadherins. These proteins allow animals to
attach to each other. They have other functions such as prey capture surface attachment and
- Animal evolution included an increase in the number and type of proteins that allow cells to
interact som: 1) provide adhesion between cells. 2) create barriers across cells. 3) permit
communication between cells. 4) anchor cells to a substrate, including extracellular matrix.
- All cells of a multicellular animal have the same genome: how do cells become different?
Transcriptional control of gene expression & permits cells to have different fates (
- How did evolution permit even greater complexity and novelty : 1) gene domain shuffling (
receptor tyrosine kinase gene family) 2) Evolution of gene regulation ( transcriotion factor
control development) 3) gene duplication and divergence ( myosins )
- Tissues types: collection of cells ( one of more types) specialized for a specific function.
- Common types: 1) Epithelial tissues: Squamous ( simple, stratified) cuboidal & columnar. 2)
connective tissue : loose, fibrous , cartilage & bone. Adipose tissue, Nervous tissue & Muscle
tissue: skeletal, cardiac & smooth.
- Patterns of Organization: 1) Asymmetry: absence of a central point or axis. 2) Symmetry:
arrangement of parts around a central point of axis. Types of Symmetry: 1) Radial: where any
plane passing oral-aboral divides the organism into mirror images. 2) Bilateral: where a virtual
plae could divide the organism into two mirror images,
- Animals tend to move in one direction ( towards anterior). Often some degree of cephalization (
anterior concentration of sensory, nervous & feeding structures)
- Embryonic Development: 1) Cytoplasmic organization: single cells, no organization. 2)
Diploblastic: two cells layer formed during embryogenesis. 3) Triploblastic: three cell layers
formed during embryogenesis.
- Why is a coeolom important to animal evolution? 1) more space for organ development. 2)
more SA for diffusion. 3) can be used as a storage area. 4) can be hydrostatic skeletons. 5) can
be route for expelling waste and/or gametes. 6) body size an increase independent of body
- Protosomes: first mouth, mouth forms at the embryonic blastopore, (ecdysozoa &
- Deuterostomes: second mouth, blastopore become anus, and mouth forms secondarily, (
echinoderms, hemichordates & chordates). - Learning objectives : 1) Define important terms such as: a) protosome, b) deuterostome, c)
diploblast, d) triploblast, e) coelomate, f) acoelomate, g) bilateral symmetry, h) radial symmetry.
2)Apply these terms to specific groups, 3) Compare different ways animal tussues are organized.
4) compare different developmental patterns and the implications for the origin of body
cavities, 5) Discuss what must happen for organisms to transition from uni to multicellular, 6)
Disucss advantages and disadvantages for uni and multicellularity.
Lecture #5: Soft Things
- Porifera, Cnidaria &Ctenophora: the most basic of all animals
- Placozoa(flat animals): one species is a free living sheet of cells, cilia propel the animal over
substrate, phylogeny is unsolved( assigned to various groups based on morphology, DNA and
- Myxozoa (slimy animals): Once considered a protozoan ( may or may not be a cnidarian), 300+
speices of simple parasites, Myxoblous cerebralis cause whirling disease in salmon.
- Porifera ( Sponges)
- means pore bearer, about 9000 species in 3 classes: 1) Calcarea ( calcareous sponges). 2)
Hexactinellida( glass sponges). 3) Demospongia ( bath sponges) Spongillidae is the sole
freshwater family (23 genera)
- Body plan: No tissues or organs: just cells , including pinacocytes ( porocytes), amoeboid
(mesenchyme) cells, choanocytes. Non-cellular bits: mesohyl layer (like jello), spicules &
sponging ( for support).
- Cell types: Pinacocytes make up body wall. Specialized porocytes form pores and myocytes are
contractile. Amoeboid cells move trhouhg mesohyl layer responsible for reproduction, spicule
formation & food particle transport. Choanocyte uses its flagellum to generate water currents.
- Reproduction: Sexually and asexually. Asexual: fragmentation, budding or cysts ( gemmules are
cysts of ameobiod cells that survive after death of adult). Sexual: Monoecious ( eggs and sperms
produced at different times), gametes arise from meiosis of diploid cells ( choanocytes and
amoeboid cells), sperm broadcast to water but oocytes may be released or retained in mesohyl,
zygotes develop into flagellated larvae, settle and develop into juvenile sponges.
- Physiology: 1) Digestion: cell by cell. 2) Excretion: cell by cell. 3) Nervous system: no nerves , but
have genes needed for neuronal function. 4) Circulation: choanocytes create “outer” current but
no circulatory fluid inside. 5) Respiration: cell by cell.
- Cnidaria ( Nettle , as in the spiky plant)
- 9000 species divided into 5 classes: 1) Hydrozoa (Hydra, Obelia) , 2) Scyphozoa (True jellyfish:
Aurelia, 3) Cubozoa (box jelly fish), 4) Anthozoa ( anemones , soft & stony corals), 5) Staurozoa
- General Features: Radial or modified, biradial symmetry. Cnidocytes ( stinging cells).
Diploblastic: epidermis & gastrodermis.
- Reproduction: Most are dioeciosu and show “alternation of generations”. Two stages : 1) polyp
stage: sessile form with asex. 2) medusa stage: motile with sex. - Hydrozoans: Nematocyts only in the epidermis. Gametes released directly into the water ( not
via gastrovascular cavity). Acellular mesoglea. Polyps form colonies with some becoming
specialized ( feeding, budding, or defence). Hydra is an exceptional hydrozoan: 1) freshwater
species, no medusa stage, polyps can bud or untake meiosis to form gametes for sexual
- Hydrozoa: a colony of different specialized polyps: 1) pneumatophore ( gas bag), 2) dactylozooid