Sponges are important because of their roles in recycling nutrients and the part they play in the coral reef life cycle. For instance, sponges break down complex organic material into food for other things living on the coral reefs.Continue Reading
Much of the organic material that algae and coral produce can't be used in its current form by other inhabitants of the coral reef because of its complexity. This is where the sponges prove useful. They can take this complex material and turn it in to something a little simpler. According to the Coral Science Organization, much of their diet consists of dissolved organic carbon. Sponges also help to lower nitrogen levels in the water and keep the ecosystem clean because bacteria found in the sponge turns this nitrogen into forms of food.
Although sponges are multi-cellular animals, they also have one of the simplest structures. Instead of soft tissues and organs, sponges have pores that bring water and nutrients into them. This water is then expelled through an opening in the top of the sponge called the osculum. Sponges attach themselves to rock, and they range widely in both color and size. Some species of sponges also ingest very small crustaceans.Learn more about Marine Life
Digestion in porifera, or sponges, occurs in individual cells, which envelop and break down food particles. Sponges lack tissues, organs and organ systems, so they don't have the same digestive systems as more complex animals. The food particles absorbed are tiny and include single-celled plankton, bacteria, fragments of larger organisms and particles of waste matter.Full Answer >
Sea sponges are animals that live on the ocean floor. After human beings harvest and dry them, the sponges serve as the household tool many people use to bathe and wash dishes and cars, among other items.Full Answer >
Marine animals, such as hawksbill sea turtles, angelfish, sea slugs, some starfish and the larvae of sponge-flies, feed on sponges. Not many marine animals eat sponges, because multicellular organisms contain less nutrients, are tough to eat and produce chemical toxins as their form of defense.Full Answer >
Configuration management is part of a systems engineering process where the engineer makes a product perform consistently throughout its life cycle. Configuration management ensures that systems perform as intended. Military and civil engineers use configuration management to manage complex systems, such as those for weapons, roads, bridges and vehicles. Complex machines, such as airplanes and boats, depend on configuration management to ensure that all of their systems work together.Full Answer >