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Brine Shrimp

Quarter ProjectThe Core Ideas of a Brine Shrimp

Megan HinesZoe BatemanSophia LivecchiPeriod 310/23/13

INTERDEPENDENCEConnection to Core Idea:Brine shrimp rely on the salt in the northern utah lake and the supply of photosynthetic green algae to live. This relates to the idea Independence because brine shrimp rely on algae and their environment to thrive.Evidence for Connection:The Brine shrimp and their environment is an example of Independence because brine shrimp eat the producers from the sun; Cyanobacteria and Dunaliella, and Birds eat the brine shrimp.

REGULATIONRegulation:Brine shrimp are able to change with an ever evolving environment, survive harsh conditions in their habitat, and live on multiple food sources. Evidence for Connection:Brine shrimp and how they are able to cope with their environment is an example of Regulation because they are adjusting to their surroundings and making sure that their bodies are operating properly.

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONConnection to Core Idea: Brine shrimp have a unique structure of their bodies. On their sides they have small individual fringes that they use to help them swim. Without these fringes it would be very hard for them to swim around in their habitat. This structure of the fringes on their bodies helps them function by swimming and being able to do what an organism can accomplish. Evidence for Connection:The movement of the brine shrimp relies on the fringes to swim. It is seen from microscopic observations that the fringes move allowing the brine shrimp to swim.

TRANSFER OF ENERGY A brine shrimp has a diet of cyanobacteria and dunaliella. When they consume food, this energy is transferred from the cyanobacteria and dunaliella to their bodies and systems within their bodies. When another animal eats a brine shrimp, usually birds or brine flies, the energy that was in the brine shrimp that was given from the cyanobacteria and dunaliella is transferred to the birds and other animals that eat the brine shrimp. The energy is transferred up the food web towards the other animals that consume other animals or plants. Evidence for Connection:Scientists who study brine shrimp know that these creatures are consumed by surrounding birds and brine flies in brine shrimp habitats. They know from research by other biologists that when one animal is consumed the energy from the animal is transferred into the animal consuming the brine shrimp. In conclusion, the energy brine shrimp collect from eating is passed on when they are consumed.

Unity and DiversityTwo types of brine shrimp have many unifying characteristics. both of these brine shrimps main predators are birds and also water insects, they both feed on algae, they both have simple digestive tracts, they are able to control the amount of salt water let into their body, and they both use frills to help them swim. some characteristics that diverse the two brine shrimp are that the brine shrimp Artemia Franciscana live in more salty habitats than the Artemia Monica brine shrimp, also the Artemia Franciscana migrate during seasons to be able to keep their warmer conditions while the Artemia Monica stays in the same habitat and eventually start to die off, making them reproduce eggs to keep a new population growing.evidence for connection:There have been studies showing that the brine shrimp Artemia Monica disappear during the winter time because they actually die off but lay eggs in the water before they die, the eggs then reappear in the spring time right when the temperature starts to warm up. the brine shrimps also have been looked under microscopes to see both species have the same digestive tract.

SystemsOne system the brine shrimp has is a filter that regulates the amount of salt water let into their body. the skin lining of the stomach and their gills work together to control the amount of water let into their body. The outer layer of the shrimp does not let water in. extra salt water is pumped out of their gills so it does not go into their digestive track. the brine shrimp use this system to keep a stable salt concentration in their body.evidence for connectionthis system works in because when they are in a higher salt concentration they use all these parts to work together to stop the salt from getting into their digestive tract. if all these didn’t work together the brine shrimp wouldn’t be able to keep their salt levels balanced. this system is espically important to immature shrimp because their organs are under developed and if they didn’t have this system the amount of salt water let in could harm their development. the only way for the salt to enter the mouth is during feeding their a main food source for birds the brine shrimp migrate to the lake during warmer summer times they both feeds on algaethey live in more salty conditions (brine shrimp Artemia franciscana,)they are the only habitat in a salt lake while others are in oceans (Artemia franciscana)they have a simple digestive track they both use the frills to help them swimbrine shrimp can also be fed on by water insectsable to controll amount of salt let into their body salt is pump through their gills instead of their digestive tract

Picture InformationBottom Right- this picture shows the brine shrimp swimming in the salt water they rely on.Top Left- This shows the structure of the brine shrimp and how it can help them swim.Left Side Right Picture- This shows a healthy brine shrimp, because this shrimp is healthy that means it has regulated itself well.Bottom Left- this shows a web of consumers and how the energy is transferred throughout the consumers. Right Side Right Picture- This shows the unity of a brine shrimp as it grows and becomes more unqiue than other animals.Bottom Right- this picture shows the brine shrimp swimming and how their skin and systems help them swim and be a living thing.


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