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The EPIC Zoo. By: Eric Guldan Honors Biology 4 th Hour. Map. Aquatic Wing Here you will find—finger sponge, fire coral, prickly cockle, sea cucumber, and lionfish. Tiny Room Here you will find—pork tapeworm, A scaris lumbricoides , and acrocirrus validus. Grasslands

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the epic zoo

The EPIC Zoo

By: Eric Guldan

Honors Biology

4th Hour


Aquatic Wing

Here you will find—finger sponge, fire coral, prickly cockle, sea cucumber, and lionfish

Tiny Room

Here you will find—pork tapeworm, Ascarislumbricoides, and acrocirrusvalidus


Here you will find—yellow-winged darter dragonfly, Panamanian golden frog, California red-sided garter snake, hoopoe, and fennec fox


Our featured porifera is the finger sponge.

Like most porifera, the finger sponge has pores, filter feeds, and reproduces both sexually and asexually.

Fun Fact: is that the finger sponge contains two germ layers—endoderm and ectoderm.

The finger sponge can be found in he Aquatic Wing (see map)


The Epic Zoo only contains the most epic Cnidarian—the fire coral

The fire coral has a sting that leaves an epic (but painful) itchy rash on human skin

Fun Fact: despite the name, the fire coral is not technically coral!

A cnidarian (which

literally means “stinging

creature”) is part of one

of four groups of cnidarians—

Anthozoa, Cubozoa, Hydrozoa,

or Scyphozoa

Cnidarians typically live in

big colonies or solitary, have

radial symmetry, and live in

marine enviroments

You can find me in the Aquatic

Wing along with the finger sponge


Platyhelmeinthes, also know more commonly as “flatworms”, are defined by bilateral symmetry, soft bodies, and a simple nervous system

They do not have circulatory or respiratory systems

We house the pork tapeworm, which has four suckers and two rows of hooks

These suckers and hooks are used to attach itself to the intestine wall of its host (vertebrate)

You can find me in the aquatic wing along with the fire coral


Our nematoda is the Ascarislumbricoides—a parasite to humans

Varying from 15 to 35 cm in length, this nematoda is like is family because it has a nervous system, lives almost anywhere and eats almost anything

Does not have blood (or circulatory system)

You can find this creeper in the Tiny Room


Annelida are bilaterally

symmetrical, have a body

wall (their body is covered

with an external cuticle), nervous system

with a ventral nerve chord

Our particular annelida is the Acrocirrusvalidus, a mini squid-like annelida

The Acrocirrusvalidus is provided with an aquatic environment in the Tiny Room


The wonderful arthropoda we are lucky enough to have here is the yellow-winged darter dragonfly

Arthropoda are classified by their exoskeletons (they are invertebrates), segmented bodies, and six or more legs

Fun fact: 80% of all the

animals in the world are



The prickly cockle is the mollusca of this zoo

Mollusca have hard outer shells, open circulation system, and a rasp tongue (or a radula)


Echinodermata are classified by their complete digestive systems, tube feet, sexual reproduction, and high regeneration power

Our Echinodermata is the sea cucumber

Fun Fact: the adults are

radially symmetrical

while the larvae are

bilaterally symmetrical

chordata fish

The wonderful fish we have is the lionfish

Fish are all similar in the likes that they are cold-blooded, finned, and vertebrates

The lionfish has many fins stemming from its side

cordata amphibians

Amphibians are defined as a cold-blooded vertebrate with an aquatic gill-breathing phase followed by a terrestrial adult stage with lungs

Our amphibian is a Panamanian golden frog

Fun Fact: frogs, a common amphibian, eat their own skin after shedding it

chordata reptiles

All reptiles have a backbone, are cold-blooded, and have dry scaly skin.

Our reptile is a California red-sided garter snake

Easily seen and recognized

by its bright colors, this

snake can be found in our

Grasslands here at the zoo

chordata birds

The bird we have here at the Epic Zoo is the hoopoe

Birds are identified as warm-blooded vertebrates that have wings and lay eggs

chordata mammals

Our featured mammal is the fennec fox, a cute (but epic) little animal

Mammal is defined as a warm-blooded vertebrate animal with hair/fur, secretes mild (females), and (most of the time) birth without eggs

Fun Fact: The fox’s ears can be up to half the length of its body!

bonus animal of the week
Bonus Animal of the Week!

The bonus animal of the week is the…


The gerenuk is a gazelle-like creature that stands on its hind legs to get food

thank you for coming
Thank You For Coming!

We hope you enjoyed your visit to

The EPIC Zoo

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