Brine Shrimp Core Ideas

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Brine Shrimp Core Ideas

Interdependence: The brine shrimp consume something called microbes, the brine shrimp are the primary consumers. Birds will eat brine shrimp which makes them secondary consumers in the food web. Brine shrimp are able to survive in very harsh, and extreme environmental conditions which is helpful because there are a lot of places brine shrimp are able to live in, unlike other animals. They can also regulate the amount of salt that enters their body better than any other organism depending on the amount that is already in their body. So wherever environment they are in, they can still have only as much salt as they want in their tissue. Brine shrimp also have low oxygen levels in their body, but have also developed three types of hemoglobin, which is a useful protein that delivers oxygen to different parts of the body.

Energy and matter: Brine shrimp use their circulatory and respiratory systems together in order to distribute oxygen, and move salt. The brine shrimps gills used for respiration are located on its feet. The brine shrimp are primary consumers, so when they eat the producers only 10% of the energy from the producer is passed on to the brine shrimp. It is the same thing with the secondary consumer; only 10% of the energy from the brine shrimp is given to the secondary consumer.

Brine Shrimps food microbes!

Regulation: Brine shrimp can reproduce when the circumstances are averse they can give birth to offspring in a dormant state.High salinity, low oxygen levels, short days, extreme temperature variation are why they might need to be born in a dormant state.They can tolerate 50% salt concentration.Their gills help them to deal with the high salt content by absorbing and excreting ions.They can absorb water through their digestive tract and release salt through their .

Unity and Diversity:The adult brine shrimp can be pale white, pink, green, or transparent which makes them diverse from eachother.Their ancestors are fresh-water specimens and they do not adapt well to changes in the water which means they are different than the brine shrimp.The female brine shrimp have eggs which the males do not. The eggs could be born as a dormant cyst or hatch right away.

Systems: For brine shrimp functions many functions, including swimming, digestion and reproduction are not controlled through the brain, but are rather contolled by the local nervous system and is in charge of the synchronization of these functions.

Structure and Funtion: The design of a brine shrimps gills help them deal with high salt concentrations by absorbing and excerting ions necessary . A brine shrimps 10 sets of appendages, or their "fins" allow them to swim and keep their bodies moving to aid in staying alive. Also by having brine shrimp have their appendages "fins" pointing upward it allows them to swim unpside down to be able to obtain a necessary source of life to to survive.

Brine Shrimp Core Ideas

By: Augustus Cardello, Noah Berger and Josh Berman

CITATIONS"Animal Diversity Web." ADW: Artemia Salina: INFORMATION. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2013."Brine Shrimp." Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.not abe to site:


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