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Po·rif·er·a

(pō-rif'ĕr-ă),
The sponges; a phylum of the Metazoa, comprising a group of sessile, aquatic animals possessing an endoskeleton and many branching canals, lined by flagellated collar cells; communication of the canals with the surface is made through many pores or through larger openings and oscula.
See also: Parazoa.
[L. porus, pore, + fero, to bear]

Porifera

(pŏ-rĭf′ĕ-ră) [NL. porus, opening + ferre, to bear]
The phylum of sea sponges, some of which are toxic to humans.

Porifera

see SPONGE.
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The poriferans showed similar concentrations of N, about 3.
The poriferans showed no significant differences in their P contents, with values close to 0.
The poriferans showed slight differences in their carbohydrate contents (P < 0.
95% dw) had the highest lipid concentrations for cnidarians and poriferans respectively.
The poriferans showed a very similar pattern of amino acids, except for proline (higher values in D.
Low concentrations of total protein were recorded in poriferans, which had total protein around 19% dw.
Carbonate skeletons in octocorals and siliceous and calcareous spicules in poriferans (Brusca & Brusca, 2003) are examples of inorganic structural components of some marine invertebrates.
The poriferans analyzed also showed remarkable differences in the concentration of carbohydrate.