Kingdom Animalia (Animals)

Animalia Phyla Discovered in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Phylum Common Name Photo Where? Phenology
AcanthocephalaSpiny-headed Worms(NA) HerePhenology
AnnelidaSegmented Worms HerePhenology
ArthropodaArthropods HerePhenology
BryozoaMoss Animals HerePhenology
ChordataChordates including Vertebrates HerePhenology
CnidariaHydras and freshwater jellyfish HerePhenology
GastrotrichaGastrotrichs(NA) HerePhenology
MolluscaSnails and Mussels HerePhenology
MyxozoaSpore-bearing ameboa-like parasites(NA) HerePhenology
NematodaNematode Worms or Round Worms(NA) HerePhenology
NematomorphaHorsehair Worms(NA) HerePhenology
NemerteaRibbonworms(NA) HerePhenology
PlatyhelminthesFlatworms HerePhenology
PoriferaSponges(NA) HerePhenology
RotiferaRotifers(NA) HerePhenology
TardigradaWater bears(NA) HerePhenology

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Taxa on this list are only those contained in the ATBI database,and do not neccessarily include all
Park taxa from historic park reports, literature, or other sources that have not yet been entered in the Biodiversity Database.

In Case You Didn't Know ...
Animalia, the animal kingdom, is a very diverse group of organisms. With all this diversity, what is it that sets them apart from other groups, and yet have so much in common?
The following are the main qualifications.
1) they are multicellular.
2) most include a spherical embryonic stage called a blastula.
3) they all, at some lifestage, ingest their food for internal digestion. Their food mostly consists of other organisms.
4) they all need oxygen.
5) almost all are able to move about during some stage of their life.

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