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Platyhelminthes

(Flatworm)
• Thin, flat acoelemate animals
that can be freely living or
parasitic.
• Have definite region and body
organs.
• Have no digestive system.
• Hermaphrodites – produce eggs
and sperm cells
• A layer of outer cells or epidermis
covers the animal’s body. An
inner layer of cells forms an
intestine. A tightly packed mass
of cells parenchyma fills the
body between epidermis and the
intestine.
• Most are parasites.
• Some freely living in marine,
freshwater, and moist lands.
Nematodes
• Unsegmented worms that have
long, thin, round bodies pointed
at both ends and are covered by
a tough cuticle.
• Have muscles that cause them to
move in a thrashing manner as
one muscle contracts and
another relaxes.
Annelids
• Segmented worms
• Bodies are divided into segments
with a ringed appearance.
• Bilateral symmetry but have two
openings.
• Live everywhere except frozen
soil and deserts.