Invertebrate Prints
Invertebrate Prints

Printing and Framing Invertebrate Prints (Artwork) for Your Home or Office

This page is designed to give you ideas on types of prints that might work and some general information around your chosen animal prints theme. Order prints and have them carefully rolled and safely secured in a cardboard cylinder and delivered to your door.



 

Invertebrate Prints



Invertebrates are animal species that do not develop a vertebral column. This is a large, diverse category, so we have chosen this as the 'other' category for the other classes, as there are so many. Invertebrates in effect includes all animals apart from the subphylum Vertebrata. Familiar examples of invertebrates include insects, snails, and starfish. Taxonomically speaking "invertebrate" is no more than a term of convenience; only about 3% of animal species include a vertebral column in their anatomy. So, 97% of all animals are invertebrates. What is more, many an individual invertebrate taxon has a greater number and variety of species than the entire subphylum Vertebrata, In fact some of the so-called invertebrata, such as the Chaetognatha and Hemichordata, are more closely related the Chordata than to other invertebrate phyla.

Invertebrates form a massively paraphyletic group. It is generally accepted that the phyla comprising modern Eukaryota share a common multicellular ancestor, but with the sole exception of one subphylum of the phylum Chordata, all those phyla are classed as invertebrates along with two of the three subphyla in the Chordata: Tunicata and Cephalochordata. These two, plus all the other known invertebrates, have only one cluster of Hox genes, while the vertebrates have duplicated their original cluster more than once.

The trait that is common to all invertebrates is the absence of a vertebral column: this creates a distinction between invertebrates and vertebrates. Being animals, invertebrates are heterotrophs, and require sustenance in the form of the consumption of other organisms. With a few exceptions, such as the Porifera, invertebrates generally have bodies composed of differentiated tissues. There is also typically a digestive chamber with one or two openings to the exterior.



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