The Benefits of the Florida Coral Reefs

745 Words Feb 1st, 2018 3 Pages
The coral living in it are part of the phylum Cnidaria which a group of invertebrates. Though it may provide many benefits to us, we provide many dangers to it. Our debris and overfishing can damage the Florida reef along with many other coral reefs. Not only that, due to over excessive tourists and their recklessness, we are endangering the Florida Reef even more. So how can human action improve the ocean ecosystem that is the home to the many species of the Florida reef? One is by polluting less. We can also fish more carefully and help reduce runoff. We can help the Florida Reef and it can continue to benefit us. Invertebrates are animals that do not have backbones. There are many different types of invertebrates divided into phyla. They are Porifera, Cnidaria, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Annelida, Echinodermata, Mullusca, Arthropoda, and Chordata. Coral are part of the phylum Cnidaria which are a type of invertebrates. They include jellyfish, sea anemones, coral and many more. All cnidarians are shaped in three ways; an umbrella, a cylinder or a bell. The cnidarian world book article states, "Every cnidarian has at least two layers of cells that form its body wall. An outer layer makes up the body covering, and an inner layer lines the digestive cavity." However in some cases there may be an third layer of cell which help support the cnidarian. They eat by opening their mouth which is at one end which leads to…

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