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Gastrovascular cavities, as the name suggests, function in both digestion and the transport of nutrients to all parts of the body. Organisms belonging to two major phyla, the Cnidaria and the Platyhelminthes, all possesses gastrovasular cavities.


These radially symmetrical animals have a saclike body two layers of cells, with a jellylike layer between them. Within the central cavity of this saclike body, extracellular digestion takes place. This cavity has only one opening to the outside, which is surrounded by tentacles that act to capture prey. Therefore a digestive cavity with a single opening that functions as both mouth and anus is called a gastrovascular cavity.


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Gastrovascular cavity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (115 words)
Gastrovascular cavity, as the name indicates, functions in both digestion and the transport of nutrients to all parts of an animal body.
Organisms belonging to two major phyla, the Cnidaria and the Platyhelminthes, possess gastrovascular cavities.
The radially symmetrical cnidarians have a sac-like body in two distinct layers, with a jellylike layer between.
Coral - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2664 words)
Corals are gastrovascular marine cnidarians (phylum Cnidaria) and exist as small sea anemone-like polyps, typically in colonies of many individuals.
The polyps are interconnected by a complex and well developed system of gastrovascular canals allowing significant sharing of nutrients and symbiotes.
"(pdf) Gastrovascular Circulation in an Octocoral: Evidence of Significant Transport of Coral and Symbiont Cells".
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