All About Arthropods
Abbey Boggs 4/10/2014 Mitcham-PAP Bio-6
An arthropod's integumentary system typically consists of:
- Three sections (a head, a thorax, and an abdomen), which aid in movement
- The exoskeleton, including the cuticle, which is protective and is composed of chitin
All about an arthropod's integumentary system
The integumentary system of an arthropod functions to prevent water loss from the arthropod's body, to protect the arthropod, and to aid in the movement of the arthropod. The integumentary system also provides a structure and framework for the arthropod's body. Arthropods are segmented, which helps ease movement. An arthropod's integumentary system is closely related to the muscular system, because the integumentary and muscular systems work together to make movement possible with an arthropod.
As humans have cleared land for industrial and agricultural purposes, arthropods' habitats have been destroyed.
Arthropods have the following adaptations:
- A hard exoskeleton that prevents arthropods from becoming overly dry
- An open circulatory system, which allows nutrients to travel directly to where they are needed