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Earth Worm Disection Parts Function Digestive System - Prostomium - a small fleshy lobe that extends over the mouth used to help dig through the soil - Mouth - the entrance for food into the digestive system located under the prostomium - Pharynx - A tube at the beginning of the digestive tract that creates a sucking action to remove food particles from the soil located just behind the mouth - Esophagus - a narrow passage in the digestive track that connects the pharynex to the crop - Crop - a temporary storage area in the digestive track food waits here before it passes to the remainder of the digestive track - Gizzard - an area in the digestive track where strong muscles grind the food in preparation for digestion - Intestine - Nutrient digestion and absorption take place in this part if the digestive track - Anus - Digestive wastes are expelled through this opening located on the posterior end of the worm Nervous system - Brain - a center of nerve cells that coordinate all of the activities of the worms body - Ventral nerve cord - A cord of nerves that runs the length of the body along the bottom or belly of the worm All nerve impulses to and from the brain are carried din this cord Circulatory System - Aortic Arches - a group of 5 muscular tubes that pump blood through the circulatory system of the worm - Ventral blood vessels - a tube structure that carries blood from the heart to the posterior of the worm located on the bottom of the worm - Dorsal blood vessel - gathers blood from the capillaries in the body and returns it to the heart for recircutation located in the back or top of the worm Reproductive system - Seminal Vesicles openings - male reproductive organs - Ovary oviduct ovaries -
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