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Echinoderms

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Echinoderms Proper name: Phylum Echinodermata
Common name: Echinoderms (eck-i-no-derms)
Examples: Sea urchins, starfish, and sea lilies

Numbers of species: Over 6,000
Where they are found: Found only in the sea

Description: Echinoderms come in a range of shapes, but many have 'pentaradial symmetry'. This means you can divide their bodies into five similar parts ('penta' means five) - like the five arms of a starfish.

Need to know: Although they may look quite different from vertebrates, echinoderms are much more closely related to them than other invertebrates are.

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