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Nematoda

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1. Hey there potential lovers! I’m a nematode or “roundworm.” My phylum is special because we have bilateral symmetry and various other desirable traits like an…
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  • 1. Hey there potential lovers! I’m a nematode or “roundworm.” My phylum is special because we have bilateral symmetry and various other desirable traits like an alimentary canal and subterminal anus. I can also cause fun diseases like river blindness, hookworm and trichinosis.
  • 2. I live just about anywhere that’s damp, including the inside of people and animals. There are both free-living and parasitic species in my phylum. I’ll eat anything too; in fact, 90,000 nematodes were once found in a single rotting apple!
  • 3. My favorite activities are eating, laying eggs (about 200,000 per day), eating, swim ming, eating, infec ting unsuspecting animals, and eating. One of my species, Ascaris lumbricoides lives in the upper small intestine of humans and may not cause symptoms. My genes are also used for autism brain pathway research.
  • 4. My great evolutionary advancement is my round shape which allows me to maintain my bodily fluids under very high pressure. This pressure makes it possible for me to swim and contain my reproductive organs and intestines unsupported within my pseudocoel. I can also shoot my feces up to 2 feet in the air!
  • 5. Besides my charming personality, I have a specialized cuticle. It is quite complex, made up of 9 protein-fiber layers, but is still thin and flexible. It is also permeable to water and gases. I have a pharynx with the capability to suck liquid food directly from my environment into my intestines. And to top it all off, my nervous system has a whooping 4 nerve ganglia and 6 longitudinal nerves that extend down my whole body.
  • 6. What I really want in an ideal mate is someone with access to lots of food and moisture. I’d also be amenable to a match with someone willing to be infected…
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