gastrovascular

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gastrovascular

(găs′trō-văs′kyə-lər)
adj.
Having both a digestive and a circulatory function, as the guts of flatworms and cnidarians.
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Control group Group-1 Group-2 Structure Head Body Head Body Head Body Epidermis * 1 1 1 1 1 Rhabdites * 1 1 1 0 1 Unicell glands * 1 0 0 0 0 Layers of longitudinal, * 0 1 0 0 1 muscular fibers Parenchyma * 0 0 0 0 1 Pharynx cavity * 1 0 0 0 0 Pharynx lumen * 1 1 1 0 1 Cavity bowel lumen * 1 0 0 0 1 Gastrovascular cavity * 0 0 1 0 0 1 = observed; 0 = not observed; * dead.
Digestion, assimilation, and transport of food in the gastrovascular cavity of a gorgonian octocoral (Cnidaria: Anthozoa).
The emission of each group was measured; the colonies were then removed from the cuvette, fed a small amount of brine shrimp, carefully cleaned of any shrimp or shrimp portions remaining outside the gastrovascular cavity, and returned to the cuvette for a second measurement of emission.