Topic Idea and Outline #1- Jellyfish

This topic submitted by Rebecca May ( Franklintwiggz@aol.com) at 4:29 PM on 5/20/02.

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I wanted to research the basic physical features and environmental role of jellyfish in the ecosystem. I thought this topic would be interesting mainly because of the jellyfish’s capability to sting. This seems to interest many people, including myself, and I wanted to know how harmful the sting could be. Although jellyfish are relatively simple organisms, they can still be harmful to the most complex of living things.

Outline #1- Jellyfish

I. Introduction
A. Personal interests
B. Public view
C. Thesis


II. Classification
A. Scyphozoa
B. Hydrozoa


III. Physical features
A. Anatomy
1. Body
2. Mouth
3. Oral arms
4. Tentacles

B. Movement

C. Sting
1. How they do it
2. Potency
3. Example

D. Hunting/ eating capabilities

E. Reproduction


IV. Predators and related issues
1. Animal
2. Environmental


V. Protecting against sting
A. Humans
B. Other animals

VI. Conclusion
A. Overview
B. Observing natural environment

Sources:

Gabb, Michael H. The Life of Animals Without Backbones. London: Sampson, 1966.
25-30.

“Jellyfish.” World Book Encyclopedia. 1989 ed. 87-88.

Nichols, David, and John A. L. Cooke. The Oxford Book of Invertebrates. London:
Oxford, 1971. 12-14.

Stidworthy, John. Simple Animals. New York: Oxford, 1990. 6+.
Young Scientist. Chicago: World Book, 1991. 8+.


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