What are Coelenterata?

One of the 7 Phyla of Invertebrates, Coelenterata (So-Len-Ter-ata) or Coelenterates (So-len-ter-ates)

Coelenterata is an obsolete term encompassing two animal phyla, the Ctenophora and the Cnidaria. The name comes from the Greek “koilos”, referring to the hollow body cavity common to these two phyla.

For follow-up work please research 1 of the following:

  • hydra,
  • jellyfish,
  • sea anemones,
  • corals

More on Ctenophora:

1. http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/ct/Ctenophora

Moe on Cnidaria:

1. http://www.oceanicresearch.org/education/wonders/cnidarian.html

More resources on Invertebrates:

1. The Learning Zone (Oxford Museum of Natural History)http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/thezone/fossils/inverts/

2. Biology for kids. Click on one of the invertebrates on the right side of the site to learn more: http://www.biology4kids.com/files/invert_main.html

3. kidport: http://www.kidport.com/reflib/science/animals/animalindexinv.htm

4.  Monterey Bay Aquarium


5. National Geographic:


6. Arkive:


7. National Wildlife Federation:


8. Enchanted Learning:


9. Information on Protozoa at the Children’s University of Manchester.


10. This research assistant is goof for both prehistoric animals and peoples:



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