Major Non-Chordate Phyla and their characteristics

Phylum Porifera Porifera is derived from the Latin words porous, meaning “pore or opening,” and -fer meaning “bearing.” So, Porifera means “bearing numerous pores or openings.” The organism of this phylum bears numerous pores which perforate the body wall. Habitat: There are about 8000 species of Porifera, of which more than 98% are marine and …

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