About 99 % cnidarians are marine species and few inhabit in freshwater. Cnidarians are carnivorous animals that possess muscle, nervous, reproductive and digestive tissues. Body wall (Fig. All cnidarians have two tissue layers, with a jelly-like mesoglea between them. In other cnidarians, both a polyp and medusa form exist, and the life cycle alternates between these forms. connects with the outside through the mouth. Circulatory System: Cnidaria do not have a circulatory system but it is replaced by diffusion across different germ layers, including that of the GVC. Name the stinging cells present on the tentacles that are unique to cnidarians. All cnidarians show the presence of two membrane layers in the body that are derived from the endoderm and ectoderm of the embryo. Gastrovascular cavity: Definition. The outer tissue layer of a cnidarian polyp, larva or medusa. % Type of Symmetry: The animals within phylum Cnidaria have Radial symmetry. Inside of Mesoglae (sac) is the GVC. How many tentacles does your hydra specimen contain? ... Cnidaria have no organs (at the tissue level of organization) Term. Examine slides of Hydra (phylum Cnidaria, a diploblastic animal) and Lumbricus (the common earthworm, phylum Annelida, a triploblastic animal) and see if you can identify and label the tissue layers. Level of Organization: They are the first multicellular animals from evolution point of view which show tissue level of organization. Term. The inner tissue layer of a cnidarian polyp, larva or medusa. Cnidaria also depend on the cilia that line the GVC to move fluid and nutrients throughout the body. a sac. jelly-like layer between 2 germ layers. Muscle tissues (ectodermal) Definition. What type of symmetry is seen in the hydra? 5. They are diploblastic animals and have a more complex level of organization than Porifera. Germ Layers: Cnidarians are diploblastic animals, i.e., derived only from two embryonic germ layers, viz., ectoderm and endoderm. Endoderm. Figure 15.2.4: Cnidarians have two distinct body plans, the (a) medusa and the (b) polyp. A specialized polyp within a hydrozoan colony that forms only medusae or gametes. Acoelomate vs. Coelomate vs. Pseudocoelomate: Many animals have a body cavity. Can you find the hydra tentacles? Explain the movement of the hydra if live specimens are available. Which phyla have only two germ layers? A germ layer in animal embryos that can give rise to either endoderm or mesoderm. The body wall of a cnidarian consists of three layers, an outer layer known as the epidermis, a middle layer called the mesoglea, and an inner layer referred to as the gastrodermis. The epidermis contains a collection of different types of cells. Hermaphrodite. The representatives of Phylum Cnidaria have radial or biradial symmetrical body. How many germ layers does the hydra contain? Gonozooid. 4. Cnidaria have two germ layers and they are the endoderm and ectoderm. 4.12): 6. Endomesoderm.