North American Arthropod

Most Wanted Smore Poster

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Objective:

Choose an arthropod that is indigenous to North America. Create a most wanted Poster including the following project guidelines.


Check with Ms. Gallagher once you have discovered which North American Arthropod you want to research.

Project Guidelines

Taxonomy


1. Name and Relations- Give the suspect’s scientific name. List the suspect’s taxonomy. State the common names of related organisms.

2. Aliases, AKA (also known as)- What are common names for the organism?


Body Plan


3. Identifying Features- Provide a detailed description of the suspect’s appearance, shape, size, color, texture, symmetry, segmentation (y/n), skeletal features, etc.

4. Distinguishing Marks- What distinguishes the suspect from its relatives? (For example, what features would allow you to pick your organism out of a line up of its relatives?) What features are unique, special, or peculiar about the suspect?


Development


5. Juvenile Record- Describe the suspect’s earlier appearance(s) -- that is, life stages and life cycle. How big will the suspect grow?

6. Police Sketches- Create visuals to support information about the organism’s life stages and life cycle.


General Ecology


7. Last Whereabouts- Describe the suspect’s specific micro-habitat. (Such as, under a rock, in shallow water near the shoreline, surrounded by plant material.)

8. Preferred Hangouts- Describe the suspect’s biological community. That is, what populations of plants and animals live around the suspect? What is the suspect’s niche?

9. Rap sheet- For example, ciliary gliding without a license, carrying a concealed pharynx, construction of a case without a permit.


Locomotion


10. Suspect Last Seen Heading Towards- Possible destinations within the suspect’s habitat.

11. Means of Getaway- Provide a detailed description of the suspect’s pattern or means of locomotion.

12. Caution When Apprehending- What makes the organism dangerous to its predators and/or prey? Describe the suspect’s escape and defense mechanisms.

Resources should be cited using MLA format.