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Lancelets: Cephalochordata

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Lancelets And Vertebrates, Florida Lancelet (branchiostoma Floridae): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS

FLORIDA LANCELET (Branchiostoma floridae): SPECIES ACCOUNT

Lancelets live in all the oceans of the world in warm and cool waters.

Lancelets live in sandy bottoms near the shore. The larvae may drift over long distances before settling. Larvae (LAR-vee) are animals in an early stage that change form before becoming adults.

Lancelets eat plant plankton and diatoms. Plankton is microscopic plants and animals drifting in water. Diatoms (DYE-uh-tahms) are a type of algae that have a shell. Algae (AL-jee) are plantlike growths that live in water and have no true roots, stems, or leaves.

Lancelets are not considered threatened or endangered.

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