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Welcome to Marine Biology MCQ Trivia. There are different types of living things found in the oceans and seas around the world. A lot of marine life is facing extinction due to a number of reasons. As a marine biologist, you are expected to have a deeper understanding of the different marine species and how they adapt to their environment. This quiz will give you a chance to do just that.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What class are starfish and sea stars?

    Explanation
    Starfish and sea stars belong to the class Asteroidea. This class is a part of the phylum Echinodermata, which also includes other marine animals like sea urchins and sand dollars. Asteroidea is characterized by its star-shaped body with multiple arms radiating from a central disc. These animals are known for their ability to regenerate lost limbs and their unique feeding mechanism using tube feet. They are found in oceans worldwide and play an important role in marine ecosystems.

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  • 2. 

    What class are brittle stars found in?

    Explanation
    Brittle stars are found in the class Ophiuroidea. This class is a part of the phylum Echinodermata, which includes other marine animals like sea stars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers. Brittle stars are characterized by their long, flexible arms that they use for locomotion and feeding. They have a distinct central disc and are known for their ability to regenerate lost body parts. The class Ophiuroidea includes over 2,000 species of brittle stars, which are found in various marine habitats worldwide.

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  • 3. 

    What class are octopus, squids, nautilus, and cuttlefish found in?

    Explanation
    Octopus, squids, nautilus, and cuttlefish are all marine animals that belong to the class Cephalopoda. This class is characterized by their unique body structure, which includes a distinct head and a set of tentacles or arms. Cephalopods are known for their intelligence, agility, and ability to change color. They are also carnivorous and have a well-developed nervous system. Therefore, the correct answer is Class Cephalopoda.

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  • 4. 

    What class are snails, slugs, and gastropods found in?

    Explanation
    Snails, slugs, and gastropods are all found in the class Gastropodoa. This class includes a large group of mollusks that have a characteristic coiled shell or no shell at all. They are known for their muscular foot, which they use for locomotion, and their radula, a specialized feeding structure. Gastropods are the largest and most diverse class of mollusks, with over 60,000 species found in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats.

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  • 5. 

    What class are urchins and sand dollars found in?

    Explanation
    Urchins and sand dollars are found in the class Echinoidea. This class is a part of the phylum Echinodermata, which includes marine animals with spiny skin. Echinoidea specifically refers to the sea urchins, sand dollars, and heart urchins. These organisms have a round or flattened body covered in spines and a mouth located on the underside. They are typically found in oceans around the world and play important roles in marine ecosystems.

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  • 6. 

    What subphylum are sea squirts and tunicates found?

    Explanation
    Sea squirts and tunicates are marine invertebrates that belong to the subphylum Urochordata. They are characterized by their sac-like bodies and filter-feeding lifestyle. Sea squirts and tunicates are chordates, meaning they possess a notochord at some point in their life cycle. They are sessile as adults, attaching themselves to rocks or other surfaces, and they are found in oceans worldwide. The subphylum Urochordata includes various species of sea squirts and tunicates, making it the correct answer to the question.

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  • 7. 

    What class are horse shoe crabs?

    Explanation
    Horse shoe crabs belong to the class Merostomata. This class includes marine arthropods that have a horseshoe-shaped exoskeleton, long tails, and multiple pairs of legs. Horse shoe crabs are ancient creatures that have remained relatively unchanged for millions of years. They are not true crabs, but are more closely related to spiders and scorpions. The class Merostomata also includes other extinct species, such as the giant sea scorpions.

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  • 8. 

    What class is chiton found in?

    Explanation
    Chiton is found in the class Polyplacophora. Polyplacophora is a class of mollusks that are commonly known as chitons. Chitons have a unique shell composed of eight overlapping plates, giving them a segmented appearance. They are marine animals and are found in various coastal habitats around the world. Chitons are characterized by their ability to cling tightly to rocks using their muscular foot. They are herbivorous and feed on algae and other small organisms. Overall, chitons are fascinating creatures that belong to the class Polyplacophora.

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  • 9. 

    What phylum does true jellyfish go under?

    • A.

      Anthorozoa

    • B.

      Annelida

    • C.

      Echinodermata

    • D.

      Cnidaria

    Correct Answer
    D. Cnidaria
    Explanation
    True jellyfish belong to the phylum Cnidaria. This phylum includes a variety of aquatic animals, including jellyfish, sea anemones, and coral. Cnidarians are characterized by their radial symmetry, stinging cells called cnidocytes, and a simple body plan with a central digestive cavity. True jellyfish, also known as scyphozoans, are a subgroup within the phylum Cnidaria and are known for their bell-shaped bodies and long, trailing tentacles. They are found in marine environments worldwide and play important roles in marine ecosystems.

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  • 10. 

    What class are sea cucumbers found in?

    Correct Answer
    Class Holothuroidea
    Explanation
    Sea cucumbers are found in the class Holothuroidea. This class is a part of the phylum Echinodermata, which also includes starfish, sea urchins, and sea lilies. Sea cucumbers are marine animals that have elongated bodies and leathery skin. They are known for their ability to expel their internal organs as a defense mechanism and regenerate them later. Sea cucumbers play an important role in marine ecosystems as they help recycle nutrients and maintain the health of the ocean floor.

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  • 11. 

    What class are crabs, lobsters, shrimp, krill?

    Correct Answer
    Class Malacostraca
    Explanation
    Crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and krill all belong to the class Malacostraca. This class is a large group of crustaceans that includes over 40,000 known species. They are characterized by having a segmented body, a hard exoskeleton, and jointed appendages. Crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and krill are all part of this class because they share these common characteristics and are closely related to each other.

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  • 12. 

    What class are ostracods, copepods, amphipods, barnacles?

    Correct Answer
    Class Maxillopoda
    Explanation
    Ostracods, copepods, amphipods, and barnacles all belong to the class Maxillopoda. This class is a diverse group of crustaceans characterized by having two pairs of antennae and a pair of mandibles modified into maxillipeds. Ostracods are small, shrimp-like crustaceans found in both marine and freshwater habitats. Copepods are tiny planktonic crustaceans that are important food sources in aquatic ecosystems. Amphipods are small, shrimp-like crustaceans that are found in various aquatic environments. Barnacles are sessile crustaceans that attach themselves to rocks, boats, or other surfaces and filter feed on particles in the water.

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  • 13. 

    What class are oysters, scallops, clams found in?

    Correct Answer
    Class Bivalvia?
    Explanation
    Oysters, scallops, and clams are all mollusks that belong to the class Bivalvia. This class is characterized by the presence of a two-part hinged shell, which is a defining feature of bivalves. These organisms are filter feeders and are found in both freshwater and marine environments. They play an important role in aquatic ecosystems and are also commercially valuable as a food source.

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  • 14. 

    What class are worms found in?

    Correct Answer
    Class Polychaeta
    Explanation
    Worms are found in the class Polychaeta. Polychaeta is a class of annelid worms, which are characterized by having numerous bristle-like appendages called chaetae on each segment of their bodies. These worms are typically marine and can be found in a wide range of habitats, including rocky shores, coral reefs, and deep-sea environments. They play important roles in marine ecosystems as filter feeders, scavengers, and predators.

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  • 15. 

    A true jellyfish is what class?

    • A.

      Scyphozoa

    • B.

      Annelida

    • C.

      Cnidaria

    Correct Answer
    A. Scyphozoa
    Explanation
    Scyphozoa is the correct answer because it is the class to which true jellyfish belong. True jellyfish are members of the phylum Cnidaria, and within this phylum, they are classified under the class Scyphozoa. Annelida is a different phylum that includes segmented worms, and while Cnidaria is the correct phylum, it is not the specific class to which true jellyfish belong.

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  • 16. 

    What class are tusk shells?

    Correct Answer
    Class Scaphopoda
    Explanation
    Tusk shells belong to the class Scaphopoda. This class consists of a group of marine mollusks that have a slender, tubular shell resembling a tusk or tooth. They are also known as tooth shells due to their tooth-like appearance. Tusk shells are found in various marine habitats worldwide and are characterized by their unique feeding and burrowing behaviors. They have a foot adapted for burrowing in sediment and a tentacled head used for filter feeding.

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  • 17. 

    What class are sea spiders?

    Correct Answer
    Class Pycnogonida
    Explanation
    Sea spiders belong to the class Pycnogonida. This class includes marine arthropods that have long legs and a small body. They are found in oceans all around the world, from shallow waters to the deep sea. Sea spiders are unique in their appearance and behavior, with a specialized feeding mechanism and a lack of respiratory systems. They play an important role in marine ecosystems, serving as predators and scavengers. Overall, the class Pycnogonida encompasses the diverse group of sea spiders found in various marine habitats.

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  • 18. 

    What phylum are Class Merostomata, Class Pycnogonida, Class Malacostraca, Class Maxillopoda?

    Correct Answer
    Phylum Arthropodoa
    Explanation
    The given answer, "Phylum Arthropodoa," is correct because all the classes mentioned in the question belong to the phylum Arthropoda. This phylum includes a diverse group of invertebrate animals characterized by their jointed appendages, segmented bodies, and exoskeletons. Class Merostomata includes horseshoe crabs, Class Pycnogonida includes sea spiders, Class Malacostraca includes crabs, lobsters, and shrimp, and Class Maxillopoda includes barnacles and copepods. Therefore, all these classes fall under the phylum Arthropoda.

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  • 19. 

    What phylum are Class Polychaeta?

    Correct Answer
    Phylum Annelida
    Explanation
    Polychaeta is a class within the phylum Annelida. Annelida is a diverse group of segmented worms, and Polychaeta is the largest class within this phylum. Polychaetes are characterized by having numerous bristle-like appendages called chaetae, which they use for locomotion. They are primarily marine organisms and can be found in various habitats, including the seafloor, intertidal zones, and deep-sea environments. Polychaetes play important roles in marine ecosystems as filter feeders, scavengers, and predators. Therefore, the correct answer is Phylum Annelida.

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  • 20. 

    What phylum are Class Asteroidea, Class Ophiuroidea, Class Echinoidea, Class Holothuroidea?

    Correct Answer
    Phylum Echinodermata
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Phylum Echinodermata. The question asks for the phylum to which Class Asteroidea, Class Ophiuroidea, Class Echinoidea, and Class Holothuroidea belong. These four classes are all part of the phylum Echinodermata, which includes marine animals such as starfish, brittle stars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers. Echinoderms are characterized by their radial symmetry, spiny skin, and water vascular system.

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  • 21. 

     What class are glass sponges found?

    Correct Answer
    Class Hexactinellida
    Explanation
    Glass sponges are found in the class Hexactinellida. This class of sponges is characterized by their unique skeletal structure made up of six-rayed siliceous spicules. They are commonly found in deep-sea environments, particularly in cold waters. Glass sponges are filter feeders, using their specialized choanocytes to capture food particles from the water. Their delicate glass-like appearance and intricate network of spicules make them a fascinating and important component of marine ecosystems.

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  • 22. 

    What class are sea anemones, corals, sea fans, and sea whips?

    Correct Answer
    Class Anthozoa
    Explanation
    Sea anemones, corals, sea fans, and sea whips all belong to the class Anthozoa. This class is a group of marine invertebrates that are characterized by their flower-like appearance and their ability to form colonies. They are part of the phylum Cnidaria, which also includes jellyfish and hydroids. Anthozoans are sessile organisms, meaning they are attached to a substrate and do not move around. They have a simple body structure with a central mouth surrounded by tentacles, which they use to capture prey. Overall, the class Anthozoa is a diverse group of marine animals that play important roles in marine ecosystems.

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  • 23. 

    What phylum are Class Polyplacophora, Class Scaphopoda, Class Gastropoda, Class Bivalvia, Class Cephalopoda?

    Correct Answer
    Phylum Mollusca
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because all the classes mentioned (Polyplacophora, Scaphopoda, Gastropoda, Bivalvia, and Cephalopoda) belong to the phylum Mollusca. The phylum Mollusca is one of the largest phyla in the animal kingdom and includes a diverse range of organisms such as chitons, tusk shells, snails, clams, and octopuses. These organisms share common characteristics like a soft body, a muscular foot, and often a hard shell. Therefore, Phylum Mollusca is the correct classification for these classes.

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  • 24. 

    In what phylum are the Class Hexactinellida and Class Demospongiae?

    Correct Answer
    Phylum Porifera
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Phylum Porifera because both Class Hexactinellida and Class Demospongiae belong to this phylum. Phylum Porifera, also known as sponges, is a diverse group of multicellular organisms that lack true tissues and organs. Class Hexactinellida consists of glass sponges, which have a skeleton made of silica spicules, while Class Demospongiae includes the majority of sponge species, with a skeleton made of spongin or siliceous spicules. Therefore, both classes fall under the same phylum, Porifera.

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  • 25. 

    What class are all other sponges?

    Correct Answer
    Class Demospongiae
    Explanation
    Class Demospongiae is the correct answer because it is the largest and most diverse class of sponges. It includes about 90% of all known sponge species. Sponges in this class are characterized by having a skeleton made of a flexible protein called spongin or a combination of spongin and mineral spicules. They are found in a wide range of habitats, from freshwater to marine environments, and can have various shapes and sizes. Other classes of sponges, such as Calcarea and Hexactinellida, have different skeletal structures and characteristics that distinguish them from Demospongiae.

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  • 26. 

    In what phylum are Class Anthozoa, Class Hydrozoa, Class Scyphozoa?

    Correct Answer
    Phylum Cnidaria
    Explanation
    Class Anthozoa, Class Hydrozoa, and Class Scyphozoa belong to the phylum Cnidaria. Cnidaria is a diverse group of animals that includes jellyfish, corals, and sea anemones. These organisms have specialized cells called cnidocytes that contain stinging structures called nematocysts. They use these stinging cells to capture prey and defend themselves. The various classes within the phylum Cnidaria represent different body forms and adaptations within this group of animals.

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  • 27. 

    What class are Portuguese man of war?

    Correct Answer
    Class Hydrozoa
    Explanation
    The Portuguese man o' war belongs to the class Hydrozoa. This class includes various species of marine animals that are characterized by their complex life cycles and the presence of tentacles. The Portuguese man o' war is a colonial organism made up of multiple specialized individuals called zooids. These zooids work together to perform different functions, such as reproduction, feeding, and defense. Being classified under the class Hydrozoa helps to categorize and understand the unique characteristics and biology of the Portuguese man o' war.

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