Key Vocabulary Terms
Review these key terms from Loggerhead Marinelife Center's Virtual Coastal Classroom Lesson to help you find the answers and unlock our favorite photos and gifs of Galapagos!
Analogous Structure- an organ/body part that appears in animals from different ancestors but is similar in structure/location
Beak: any of various rigid projecting mouth structures (as of a turtle)
Buoyancy: the ability or tendency to float in water or air or some other fluid
Carapace: a bony plate covering the back or part of the back of an animal (such as a turtle or crab)
Exoskeleton- a rigid external covering for the body providing support and protection
Habitat: the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organisms.
Homologous Structure- an organ/body part that appears in animals from the same ancestor and is similar in structure/location
Impact: the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another.
Organ- a part of an organism that is self-contained and has a specific vital function
Plastron: the ventral part (underside) of the shell of a tortoise or turtle consisting typically of nine symmetrically placed bones
Prey: an animal taken by another animal as food
Rehabilitation: restoration especially by therapeutic means to an improved condition of physical function
Scute: an external bony or horny plate or large scale
Skeleton- an internal or external framework of bone, cartilage, or other rigid material for support
Species: a class of individuals having common attributes and designated by a common name